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).Now it has been approved it will be put to a referendum in the community on May 6th; 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!
  • At the next parish council meeting, councillors voted unanimously to adopt our Neighbourhood Plan meaning that prior to the referendum, this adopted version carried full weight when planning decisions were made.

A referendum was successful – our Neighbourhood Plan was formerly accepted!

Parishioners were invited to vote to accept the Plan on May 6th 2021, with our local elections. The turnout was 47.88%. The referedum resulted in the plan being accepted.

Parishioners were asked: Do you want South Hams District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Aveton Gifford to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area? The results were as follows:

Votes %
Number cast in favour of a YES28882.05%
Number cast in favour of a NO6317.95%

Thank you all for all your input – it’s your Plan now!

You can download the plan below:

Aveton Gifford NP Regulation 15 Submission

Supporting information


TERMS OF REFERENCE dtd 17.6.19 282.79 KB 3076 downloads

Terms of Reference, AGNP Steering Group


Sites for consideration 3.48 MB 2973 downloads

Map showing the 12 sites that were initially put forward for assessment


Aveton Gifford NP site assessment_v0.1_140317 4.74 MB 3003 downloads

Aveton Gifford Site Assesment report


Housing Needs Survey Results 1.39 MB 3010 downloads

Housing Needs Survey – Results


Appendix A – Consultation 1 responses 834.37 KB 2545 downloads

Public Consultation 1 – responses


Appendix B – Consultation 2 responses Sites 621.82 KB 2596 downloads

Public Consultation 2 – responses


Devon Homes Housing Survey 175.53 KB 3987 downloads

Devon Homes Housing Needs Survey


19.10.03 AGNP Reg14 SHDC comments and NP response 528.47 KB 2526 downloads

AGNP consultation response from SHDC for Regulation 14


19.10.08 AGNP – Responses to Reg 14 Consultation 85.40 KB 2388 downloads

AGNP responses from Statutory Consultees for Regulation 14


19.04.09 AGNP Statement of Consultation v2 1.38 MB 2399 downloads

AGNP Statement of Consultation for Regulation 15


19.10.08 AGNP choice of development sites evidence paper 73.74 KB 2703 downloads

AGNP Evidence paper for Regulation 15


19.11.06 AGNP Basic Conditions Statement 204.67 KB 2591 downloads

AGNP Basic Conditions Statement for Regulation 15;


19.04.09 AGNP Monitoring Framework 67.29 KB 2402 downloads

AGNP Monitoring Framework for Regulation 16


Aveton Gifford NP SEA Environmental Report_V1.0_091019 2.60 MB 3080 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 Ros Brousson or David Davis Berry directly.

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