Council encourages comments on plan during statutory six-week consultation period

Stockland Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Plan has been received by East Devon District Council and is currently being consulted on. Stockland is one of 38 Neighbourhood Plans currently being produced across the district, which puts East Devon in top position as the district authority with the highest number of designated areas across the country.

This is the second plan in East Devon to reach this stage of the process – the first one is the Lympstone Neighbourhood Plan, which was made last year following a successful referendum. It is now a planning policy document that is referred to by the council’s Development Management team when considering planning applications within the parish.

The council is now formally required to consult on Stockland’s Neighbourhood Plan for six weeks before it goes to an independent examiner, who will inspect the plan against a series of basic conditions, which the plan must meet. The plan has already undergone a six-week pre-submission consultation through Stockland Parish Council.

Should the examiner conclude that the plan fulfils these conditions, it will proceed to a local referendum. If more than half of the electors in the local area vote in favour of the plan, it will become part of the statutory development plan for East Devon.

The consultation runs from the April 5 to May 17 2016 and any of the representations received will be made publicly available on the East Devon website with copies also sent to the examiner for consideration.

Stockland’s Neighbourhood Plan, together with its supporting documents and a comments form, can be found on the current plan and neighbourhood area consultations page of East Devon District Council’s website. Residents are being actively encouraged to comment on the plan, but are requested to use the official response form on the website when doing so.

Councillor Mark Williamson, East Devon District Council’s Neighbourhood Planning Member Champion, said:

Stockland are to be congratulated on reaching this important stage on the Neighbourhood Plan journey. It is vital that residents find the time to study the draft plan and make comments because the plan will shape the future of their community. Across the district parishes and towns are seeing the value of Neighbourhood Plans and I hope that before long Stockland will join Lympstone in having their plan approved.