COUNCILLORS in Teignbridge are to discuss proposals for the next phase of development in the district in the future.

The draft submission of the Local Plan will go before members of Teignbridge Council on Thursday.

The proposed submission, which runs to 176 pages long, is a blueprint for housing, economic, social and environmental issues up to 2040.

The current local plan, which was adopted in 2014, is the basis for guiding planning decisions.

But this needs updating in response to changes in

national policy, increased local housing requirements and rapidly emerging issues relating to climate change.

Once it has been discussed by councillors, the document will be open for public consultation before being submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for review and public examination.

The draft plan sets out new land allocations for 4,560 homes, with about a quarter of all new properties to be affordable and more homes built for people with mobility issues.

About 65 hectares of land is allocated in the draft plan for employment sites while two sites are identified for gypsies and travellers.

The full council meeting is being held at Buckland Athletic Football Club on Thursday at 10am and can be viewed online on the Teignbridge Council YouTube page.