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Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

The Plymouth and South West Devon Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) has now been adopted by all three joint Councils.

It was adopted by Plymouth City Council on 22 June 2020, West Devon Borough Council on 9 June 2020 and South Hams District Council on 16 July 2020.

The SPD has been prepared by the three local authorities to amplify and give guidance on the implementation of the policies of the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan (JLP).

Please see below the adopted version of the SPD and the adoption statement.


First Homes

The Government has introduced a new type of affordable housing product, known as First Homes. From 2022, we could expect at least 25 per cent of affordable homes delivered through planning obligations to be First Homes. To count as a First Home the dwelling must be sold to a first time buyer for at least a 30 per cent discount against the market value and the first sale will not be higher than £250,000.  

Further Guidance is also available in the Written Ministerial Statement. We will monitor interest in, and delivery of, this new product and continue to negotiate the most appropriate mix of housing types to meet local needs across the JLP area. This will be done in line with our flexible policies and the adopted Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) below. We recognise that this new national policy is a material consideration in the decision making process. 


Companion Documents

In addition to the SPD, there are two companion documents which have also been adopted to support the guidance within the SPD:

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