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Joint Local Plan adopted!

The Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan was adopted by South Hams District Council on 21 March 2019, Plymouth City Council on 26 March 2019 and West Devon Borough Council on 26 March 2019. The adopted Joint Local Plan covers the administrative areas of Plymouth City, South Hams District and West Devon Borough and forms part of the Development Plan for these areas.

All of the adopted documents can be found here

Joint Local Plan examination status

Have a look at the JLP website to see what the examiners have asked the Councils to change.

In particular EXC15 – Joint Local Plan (JLP) 2014 -2034 Post Hearing Advice – and the subsequent response from the Councils.

Key points particularly affecting our Neighbourhood Plan are those relating to Housing, Settlement Boundaries and Local Green Spaces.

Young Persons Questionnaire Report

the Very Special Questionnaire for ages four to eleven or Primamry School age.ButterfliesThe Young Persons questionnaire analysis report is now published on this website on the Neighbourhood Plan documents page.

There are some great drawings!





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See what the youngest people in Kingston said in response to the Very Special Questionnaire!

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All comments from all 15 responses are in the report.

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“The responses received clearly reflect genuine appreciation of the special natural features of the area in which Kingston is located; and interest in the future of Kingston in respect of both retention of its positive features and improvements in facilities and safety for young people.”

Character Assessment – please comment

We all believe that Kingston is a very special place – but what exactly are the features of the parish that make it so distinctive?

At the Drop-In session that was held in the Reading Room, back in November 2016, to kick-off the Neighbourhood Plan, participants posted up their thoughts about living in the village. One of the key themes that came out of this exercise was that people really appreciate the environment of the parish. The responses to the recent Questionnaire have reinforced the importance that residents attach to the landscape, wildlife and also the rich history of Kingston.

As we move forward to develop some firm policies for the Neighbourhood Plan, we need to actually pin-down the physical and cultural features of Kingston that contribute to its distinctiveness. This will help us to develop policies that protect and enhance what is important.

The draft Kingston Character Assessment is an attempt to do just that. The document starts with a brief profile of the parish, followed by descriptions of the geology, landscape, wildlife habitats and also the historical development of Kingston.

Please take a few minutes to read through the Character Assessment – any suggestions for additions or corrections would be very welcome! Send these directly to , through the Contact page on this website or by using the Reply box below.

Questionnaire Survey Report


The Report on the Questionnaire Survey is now available on this site. This is what you said!

The Kingston Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire was delivered to each house in the Parish of Kingston in late September 2017.  A copy of the Kingston Questionnaire is on this site.

207 questionnaires were delivered and 165 completed questionnaires were returned, through house to house collection or via a central collection box. The first short section of the questionnaire included general questions about the household, but the following section gave an opportunity for each person in the household to respond, from 11yrs/secondary school upwards. 

333 respondents completed the questionnaire. The population of Kingston was 387 at the 2011 Census, showing an 86% return rate.  

There were 36 questions in the questionnaire. Everyone was encouraged to complete as many questions as possible, but if not comfortable with a question to leave it blank and move on. This means that total numbers of responses vary slightly from question to question. The information is presented as real numbers and as percentages. Much of it is illustrated with bar/pie charts. 

Some questions gave a number of options to choose and an open box in which to note any ‘other ‘ responses. There were also a few open questions. In total there were 824 comments given in these boxes. A summary of comments is given and a fuller appendix will follow as soon as possible. 

A separate ‘Very Special Questionnaire’ for 4-11yrs/primary school children was delivered with each main questionnaire and further copies made available. There is a separate, illustrated, report available on this questionnaire.

A huge thank you to those who helped prepare, design and print, deliver and collect this questionnaire, collate, check and present the responses, but especially to all of you who completed it.  The policies in Kingston Neighbourhood Plan will be developed from what you have told us .