Surveys and Consultations

Surveys and Consultations



Final consultation – May 18th – June 28th 2019

There have been some unavoidable changes that have had to be made to  the proposals for our Neighbourhood Plan since it was last presented to parishioners, and following recommendations from the planning consultants who advise the N P Group, we must now offer this updated version to the parish to be viewed and to receive your comments.

In recent months the status of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has been strengthened, and as this now affects one of the primary sites that had been identified as a potential development site, it has to be withdrawn from further consideration. In addition to this, it has been recommended that our areas of “green spaces” should be identified in order to protect those from future development. These two important factors must now be reflected in our Plan

Please download the finalised REG 14 Draft Plan here

and the following 3 documents are the supplements which support the proposals.

Aveton Gifford Neighbourhood Plan – Initial Consultation

Aveton Gifford NP site assessment

Housing Needs Survey Results

We are very keen for as many people to read this as possible in order to give us your feedback. It’s essential that this final draft reflects your views  as accurately as possible, so that when we come to the final vote to ratify it, it is the planning document from our parish that we all want. Please submit your feedback here on SurveyMonkey

The consultation period will take place over a six week period, starting on Friday 17th May. If you have any questions or the proposals raise any issues you would like to discuss first, please contact David Davis Berry – [email protected] or Sarah Harcus – [email protected]. Alternatively, for the next six weeks, there will always be someone from the N P group at the shop on Saturday morning, from 10.00 – 12.00, so that you will be able to discuss it with them there.



Housing and Land Development Survey


The survey was delivered to all households in the parish with the October issue of mAGpie, with an envelope for its return. For households outside the immediate village this envelope was stamped as well in order to facilitate its return. Initially the forms were to be returned by October 30th, but in the event the date was extended by another month.

To ensure that all householders did get the survey, additional copies were also available in the shop and the pub to cover any loss or households inadvertently missed in the delivery. It was also made available online.

The questionnaire could be completed in two ways – on the paper form provided, or online with the use of SurveyMonkey. This was automatically forwarded to the Neighbourhood Plan group for analysis.

You may download the survey form that was sent out to all households with its accompanying letter here;



All the returned questionnaires were painstakingly analysed, with grateful thanks to Ian Darbyshire, and a summary of the findings can be viewed here;

housing needs survey results

This enabled the results to be analysed in time for the Group to work
on the topics for  the further public consultation in a second Community Forum in April 2017.


Second Public Consultation, and Results

Over previous months, owners of possible sites for development had been encouraged to submit their suggestions to the parish council, and eventually twenty two possible sites within and around the edges of the village had been identified. The owners were formally contacted, and those who wished to put forward their sites had submitted them for an independent assessment by an approved consultant.

Twelve sites were initially assessed, but two were withdrawn from further consideration. The remaining ten were submitted for comment at the two open days;     Sites for consideration

The second consultation was held over two days and enabled as many people to participate as possible. The comments were all recorded and analysed, and the results can be seen below;

SECOND CONSULTATION – overview and comments

Site 1 – land beside Little Court




Site 5 – between COURT BARTON and Pulleys Close

Site 6 – field behind TRENDWELL HOUSE

Site 7 – land to the east of THE HIVE

Site 8 – field above St Andrew’s


Site 12 – SHDC land below ICY PARK


Work on the Draft Neighbourhood Plan – initial versions

As the work on the Plan progressed, several versions of the draft plan were drawn up and re-worked as further information became available.  The finalised Draft Neighbourhood Plan was published in May 2018 for the first public consultation on the plan itself; it was open for comment for 6 weeks, from 18th May  until  29th June. The consultation period was advertised on this website, the Aveton Gifford Facebook page, in Aveton Gifford Village Voice articles in the Kingsbridge Gazette, in the mAGpie, and by posters and on a large banner hung in prominent places in the centre of the village. Copies were available in the shop, the village hall, the Fisherman’s Rest, and the Church, from NP group members, and on the website. The results from this public consultation were analysed, and the information gained was incorporated into the next versions as work progressed.

Second Housing Needs Survey

The NP group were advised that a second survey of perishioners would be neccessary to establish the requirement for Affordable Housing within the parish before inclusion in the Neighbourhood Plan. Accordingly, on 27th October 2018, a drop-in event was held in the hall, so that interested parishioners could meet the Affordable Housing Enabler for South Hams, and the Devon Rural Housing Enabler. This was advertised by a flyer to all households, also on the Aveton Gifford website and Facebook pages, in Aveton Gifford Village Voice articles in the Kingsbridge Gazette, and with a large banner hung in prominent places in the village. A number of residents registered their interest, and after assessment the Housing Enablers identified three qualifying parishioners.


Draft Neighbourhood Plan, produced January 2019.

Following advice from an approved planning consultant appointed to assist NP Group members in the formal process of drawing up the plan, and further advice about the content and policies, the latest version of the Draft Plan was drawn up.

Aveton Gifford Neighbourhood Plan to 2034 v1.17

This was submitted to SHDC’s appointed planning consultant for assessment and comment;  further changes were recommended, and the latest amended draft plan can be seen at the top of the page.


Any feedback, comments, or suggestions are invited by the NP group at any time right the way through the process, so please DO use this link here to contact the group, or talk to one of the members – without your involvement the Plan will not reflect local issues and concerns, so please don’t think it’s too late!

glebelands     bakers-terrace      bakers-terrace-2

The photos on this page of building in the village – the greenfield site at Glebeland, and Bakers Terrace within the village – have come from the Parish Project photographic archive.