Neighbourhood Plan: Home

Neighbourhood Plan: Home

What is the Neighbourhood Plan, and why do we need one?

The Localism Act passed in 2011 brought in the right for local communities, through their town and parish councils, to shape their future development by preparing their own Neighbourhood Plans. Many of us will remember the full parish survey just 5 years ago for the Parish Plan or Appraisal which could also influence local decisions that were taken by our Parish and District Council, but this Neighbourhood Plan will have much greater importance in decision-making for our parish, and shaping how this area is developed in the next 15 years. It is a Government initiative, and is the opportunity for you, the parishioners, to have your say in what you would like to see in terms of development, sustainability and conservation. We are looking forward here so that future generations can have the best we can offer them.

It isn’t essential that we have a Plan, but without one we would have no voice in future planning decisions. It is a community-led process, drawn up by consultation with all groups, organisations and people in the parish, and it must reflect the wishes of our residents for future development of the whole parish. We are hoping for interest and suggestions from everyone here, young and old, regarding not just housing, but also other vital considerations including education, recreation, employment, communications, transport, sustainability and environmental issues for example.

The Steering Group must be made up of several parish councillors and at least as many interested community members. We will be given financial support from South Hams DC and advice from the District Council Planning Officer, and we will be working with neighbouring parishes to share ideas and discuss projects.

There are two formal consultation phases and then an independent examination of our Plan. These conditions are to ensure that they are legally watertight and that they take account of wider policy considerations (e.g. national policy). Once it has been approved it will be put to a referendum in the community; these Neighbourhood Development Plans will only take effect if there is a majority of support.


Progress so far

  • We have set up these web pages to inform and involve you all in our Plan, and to keep you up to date with our progress.
  • We have identified and registered the land within the parish boundary as our ‘neighbourhood’ ; our neighbourhood plan area.
  • We now have a ‘Steering Group’, which consists of Sarah Harcus, David Davis-Berry and Pippa Unwin from the Parish Council, and Jim Fowler, Maggie Sharp, Jenny Reynolds, Kate Kreke, David Rutherford, Pete Wade, Helena Darbyshire and Ian Darbyshire . Contact details for our parish and district councillors can be found on the parish council page
  • We have applied for funding towards necessary expenses.
  • The first public consultation held in the hall on February 20th was very well attended, and gathered a huge response with many suggestions for all the topics.  Results have been analysed and published Summary of results.
  • Information about the plan and its progress has been shared with parishioners in the mAGpie and through the community website and Facebook pages. There is a commitment to keep you all informed, and to give you an opportunity for involvement at every stage of the procedure.
  • The land and housing needs survey has been conducted, and the results analysed and published housing needs survey results and following on from this, a second public consultation was held in the village hall bin April 2017.
  • Further sub-groups have been formed to draw up more in-depth details for specific parts of the Plan, including Sustainability, Ecology and Conservation.

It isn’t too late yet to make further suggestions as the process progresses. It’s important that this is something that involves all our parishioners, and all your contributions are  needed and valued, so please do contact a member of the group, or alternatively you can add your ideas here on the website –    further suggestions still welcome      and they will automatically be forwarded to the Steering Group.



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April 2017

The results from October’s Housing Needs Survey have been fully analysed, and can be seen on the housing needs and progress pages.

A further public consultation was held on 7th and 8th April where there was an opportunity for more of your views and suggestions. These will be analysed and published here in due course.

Several smaller working groups have been set up to investigate issues such as traffic, ecology, future planning, heritage. If you have a particular interest in any aspect of the parish or its future development and would like to contribute or participate please get in touch with Sarah Harcus or David Davis Berry.

Our first application for funding has been agreed. Some of this has paid for our new Neighbourhood Plan banner, which will be used to advertise forthcoming public consultation meetings, and some has paid for our additional website pages. The group has found that our answers in this funding application have qualified Aveton Gifford for a free assessment by a professional consultant of parcels of land  which have been identified during the course of our housing needs assessment,  and put forward for potential development.







Timetable for progress

Task Timescale
First Public Consultation This was held on February 20th 2016
Summarise findings from  first Consultation Now complete     Summary of results.
Housing Needs Survey To distribute the questionnaire with the October issue of mAGpie
All questionnaires must be returned by 30th October. – extended into November
2nd Public Consultation after analysis of survey April 2017
Analysis of results from 2nd Consultation May/June 2017
First draft of Neighbourhood Plan To be presented  2017 – date to be finalised
Vision Statement To be presented  2017
Conservation Statement To be presented  2017
Environmental Statement To be presented  2017
Several drafts Following the above – 2017
3rd Public Consultation on proposed final draft To be held  2017 date to be finalised
Analysis of results
There must be a consultation period for the final Draft Plan for a minimum of 6 weeks to review and make final changes.
Submit the final Plan to the Local Authority for independent examination
Referendum on final Plan We aim to hold this in the latter part of 2017
Publish Plan Our target for publication is to have the Plan accepted and ready to publish some time between October and December 2017


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