The plan covers the whole of the parish of Modbury. Many of its policies focus on the town, but there are there are some which apply across the whole parish. The population has fluctuated over time, reaching a peak with the prosperity of the wool trade in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This is the basis for the impressive architecture seen in many of the town’s older buildings.
Today, Modbury town serves as a local centre providing many services and facilities for the wider parish and the surrounding area.
In 2016 the parish population was approaching 1,700 people, living in just over 800 households. Almost 20% of the population were under 18 and almost 24% were over 65 (similar figures as for Devon as a whole). Much of the parish is protected for its natural, architectural or historic value. To the south of the A379 lies the South Devon AONB, and there are many other protected areas and assets.