Neighbourhood Plan

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

The 2011 Localism Act  brought in the right for local communities, through their town and parish councils, to shape their future development by preparing their own Neighbourhood Plans, and shaping how this area is developed in the next 15 years.

It is a community-led process, drawn up by consultation with all groups, organisations and people in the parish. It must reflect the wishes of our residents for future development of the whole parish; not just housing, but also other vital considerations including education, recreation, employment, communications, transport, sustainability and environmental issues for example.

There are formal consultation phases and an independent examination of our Plan to ensure that it is legally watertight and takes 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.

The various stages that have led to our final Neighbourhood Plan ;

  •  The land within the parish boundary has been identified and registered as our ‘neighbourhood’ ; our neighbourhood plan area.
  • Following several Consultations, two surveys to assess Affordable Housing needs, a new national ruling on the status of the AONB, and a concentrated period of advice from approved planning consultants, our Draft Plan has been updated many times.
  • At the latter end of 2019 and January 2020 – more assessments, and advice from our approved planning consultant to ensure that all wording and policies comply with planning law, and are in accord with the overall South Hams District Council Plan (This is contained within the The Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan and was adopted by South Hams District Council on 21 March 2019.)
  • Then came the Pandemic, and Lockdown. The Draft had been lodged with SHDC, but there were inevitable delays in scrutinising the plan, and one or two necessary alterations, but eventually, in July the official independant examiner was able to assess the final Draft, and recommend acceptance!

Latest news – download our Neighbourhood Plan!

August 2020

The completed Draft was submitted to South Hams District Council’s independant examiner who scrutinised it thoroughly, and finally accepted it at the end of July.

This meant that at the August parish council meeting, councilors could vote unanimously to adopt our Neighbourhood Plan so that the policies it contains now give our parish a say in future planning here until 2034.

Once Covid-19 restrictions are over, and we are allowed to hold a referendum, parishioners will be invited to vote to accept the Plan, but in the meantime, this adopted version still carries full weight when planning decisions are made. Thank you all for all your input – it’s your Plan now!

Aveton Gifford NP Regulation 15 Submission

Supporting information

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TERMS OF REFERENCE dtd 17.6.19 282.79 KB downloads

Terms of Reference, AGNP Steering Group
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Sites for consideration 3.48 MB downloads

Map showing the 12 sites that were initially put forward for assessment
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Aveton Gifford NP site assessment_v0.1_140317 4.74 MB downloads

Aveton Gifford Site Assesment report
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Housing Needs Survey Results 1.39 MB downloads

Housing Needs Survey – Results
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Appendix A – Consultation 1 responses 834.37 KB downloads

Public Consultation 1 – responses
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Appendix B – Consultation 2 responses Sites 621.82 KB downloads

Public Consultation 2 – responses
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Devon Homes Housing Survey 175.53 KB downloads

Devon Homes Housing Needs Survey
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19.10.03 AGNP Reg14 SHDC comments and NP response 528.47 KB downloads

AGNP consultation response from SHDC for Regulation 14
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19.10.08 AGNP – Responses to Reg 14 Consultation 85.40 KB downloads

AGNP responses from Statutory Consultees for Regulation 14
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19.04.09 AGNP Statement of Consultation v2 1.38 MB downloads

AGNP Statement of Consultation for Regulation 15
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19.10.08 AGNP choice of development sites evidence paper 73.74 KB downloads

AGNP Evidence paper for Regulation 15
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19.11.06 AGNP Basic Conditions Statement 204.67 KB downloads

AGNP Basic Conditions Statement for Regulation 15;
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19.04.09 AGNP Monitoring Framework 67.29 KB downloads

AGNP Monitoring Framework for Regulation 16
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Aveton Gifford NP SEA Environmental Report_V1.0_091019 2.60 MB downloads

Strategic Environmental Assessment for AGNP

There are 3 further letters which, because of the restrictions imposed by Data Protection, are not published here, but which are available to be read by contacting Sarah Harcus or David Davis Berry directly.

TIMETABLE FOR PROGRESS

February 20th 2016

First Public Consultation

February 20th 2016
October 1, 2016

Housing Needs Survey

October 1, 2016
April 1, 2017

2nd Public Consultation

After analysis of survey

April 1, 2017
August 1, 2017

Publication of results from 2nd Consultation

August 1, 2017
October 1, 2017

First test draft of Neighbourhood Plan

presented to parishioners and planners for informal comment

October 1, 2017
November 1, 2017

First Draft Plan submitted to Local Planning Authority

or formal consideration, adjustments

November 1, 2017
Throughout 2018 and early 2019

Several drafts produced and worked through to complete a final draft

Throughout 2018 and early 2019
February 1, 2019

The proposed final Draft Plan submitted to an approved planning consultant for appraisal

February 1, 2019
October 1, 2018

A second Housing Needs survey 

to assess the parish need for Affordable Housing.

October 1, 2018
May 18th – June 28th, 2019

A second six week consultation

with parishioner’s responses was required to reassess suitable development sites.

May 18th – June 28th, 2019
November 1, 2019

Drawing up final version

After further work to draw up final versions of the policies, with supporting information from feedback from parishioners and statutory consultees, our final Plan submitted to the Local Authority for scrutiny and advice. A small amount of fine tuning was required during December.

November 1, 2019
January 1, 2020

Completed Neighbourhood Plan submitted

for a 3 week consultation period running concurrently with the final independent examination

January 1, 2020
January 1, 2020

Referendum on final plan

January 1, 2020
January 1, 2020

Target date to have the Plan accepted, adopted by the LPA and to publish our Plan

January 1, 2020
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