Neighbourhood Plan: Home

Neighbourhood Plan: Home


Please see our FINAL CONSULTATION on our Draft Neighbourhood Plan – We need your comments and feedback NOW!

A SurveyMonkey form for your response accompanies it


What is our 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 – how are we doing?

  • 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 have a ‘Steering Group’, which consists of Sarah Harcus, David Davis-Berry and Peter Smith from the Parish Council, and Jim Fowler, Maggie Sharp, Jenny Reynolds, Pete Wade, Helena Darbyshire, Ian Darbyshire, Zoe Woodham . Contact details for our parish and district councillors can be found on the parish council page
  • We apply every six months for funding towards necessary expenses.
  • We have now had professional advice and information about the process of drawing up the Draft Plan, what can and cannot be included, and the policies we wish to be included.
  • We will take advice for the final Plan before submission so that the wording used and the policies it contains comply with National and Joint Local Plan policies, and therefore will hold authority in our responses to planning applications and proposed development
  • We inform parishioners of progress, and invite comment and feedback from them in various different ways; through this website and the Aveton Gifford Facebook page, articles in the Aveton Gifford Village Voice for the Kingsbridge Gazette, articles in the mAGpie bi-monthly magazine, through flyers to each household, posters  and specially commissioned banners on display in prominent positions in the village. Monthly reports are given at each parish council meeting, and copies of the minutes are posted in the 4 parish noticeboards for the next month, and are available for download on this parish website.
  • We consult with parishioners in various different ways; through open meetings and displays; through public consultation surveys to obtain their opinions both in hard-copy format and digitally through SurveyMonkey to ensure that no one is excluded; through this website which has the facility for comment or suggestion from parishioners, and these responses have also beeen forwarded to the NP Group for consideration; through members of the NP Group and parish council members who are always available for discussion.

It isn’t too late yet to make any 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 right the way through the process, 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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MAY 2019



This draft is open for a statutory six week public consultation from May 18th to 28th June. Please see the Surveys and Consultations page here for further information, and to submit your comments using the  SurveyMonkey form which accompanies it.

Further information about our own plan and the processes involved in producing it can be found on the Progress and

Surveys and Consultations pages.


Timetable for progress

First Public ConsultationThis was held on February 20th 2016
Summarise findings from  first ConsultationNow complete     Summary of results.
Housing Needs SurveyDistributed to all households in their copies of mAGpie, and further copies available online/in the shop
All questionnaires were returned by30th October 2016. – extended into November
2nd Public Consultation after analysis of surveyApril 2017
Analysis of results from 2nd ConsultationMay/June 2017
Publication of results from 2nd ConsultationAugust 2017
First test draft of Neighbourhood Plan to be presented to parishioners and planners for informal commentOctober 2017
First Draft Plan submitted to Local Planning Authority for formal consideration, adjustments,November 2017
Vision Statement,To be presented  2017
Several drafts will be needed until the final draft is agreed These were produced throughout 2018 and early 2019
The proposed final Draft Plan submitted to an approved planning consultant for appraisalFebruary 2019
Following his comments and advice further changes may be required
Consultation period for the finalised Draft Plan for a minimum of six weeks to present changes and additions to the original which have had to be made to the previous consultations. May 18th – June 28th, 2019 if required
Submit the final Plan to the Local Authority for independent examination Early summer 2019
Referendum on final PlanWe aim to hold this in mid 2019
Publish PlanOur final target is to have the Plan accepted, ready to publish, and adopted by the LPA in mid 2019

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