Planning control in England is essentially a tiered system:
- Top tier planning guidance is contained in the Governments national planning policy umbrella documents: The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which sets out the governments planning principles for England (published 2012 and revised 2018). In addition a library of ‘live’ guidance notes known as the National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG) are published which clarify the planning principles in the NPPF.
- Mid tier are the Local Plans. The East Devon Local Plan was produced by East Devon District Council (EDDC) in January 2016 and contains detailed planning policies for the East Devon area including Luppitt.
- The lower tier is provided by Neighbourhood Plans, which contain policies relevant only to a particular parish, village, or town, hence the Luppitt Neighbourhood Plan which if adopted will cover the period to 2031.
In addition, work has now started on The Greater Exeter Strategic Plan which will become a new statutory document providing the overall spatial strategy including the level of housing and employment land to be provided in the period 2020 to 2040. It covers the local authorities of East Devon, Exeter, Mid Devon and Teignbridge and Devon County Council. When adopted, it will provide the strategic framework to ‘inform’ the Local Plans for these authorities i.e. it will in effect sit above the Local Plans in this hierarchy.