Residents in Stockland Parish Council area can vote on Neighbourhood Plan for Stockland

Stockland Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Plan will be voted on in a referendum on the 24 November 2016. If a majority of those that vote in the referendum are in favour of the Plan then it will be ‘made’ and will become part of the Development Plan for East Devon.

Stockland Parish Council has produced the Neighbourhood Plan in consultation with the community, which includes policies that will influence how planning applications are determined in the parish until 2031.

The referendum, which will be held in the Stockland Victory Hall, will ask voters to consider the following question:

Do you want East Devon District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Stockland to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?

A person is entitled to vote in the Referendum if, on 24 November 2016, they are entitled to vote in a local government election in the Referendum area and their qualifying address for the election is in the Referendum area.

Further information and a copy of the plan can be found on the East Devon website.

The Plan is a culmination of three years hard work by volunteers from the local community and the council wants to encourage all eligible residents in the area to to turn out to vote on the day. Should the referendum be successful, it will be the second Neighbourhood Plan to be adopted in East Devon following Lympstone’s success in April 2015.  

Cllr Mark Williamson, Lead Councillor for  Neighbourhood Planning at East Devon District Council, said:

It is with great pleasure that I congratulate the Stockland Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group on reaching the referendum stage for their Neighbourhood Plan. Stockland's location in the beautiful Blackdown Hills and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty highlights the importance of Neighbourhood Plans in conserving the countryside whilst also looking to meet future needs for housing. I hope there will be a good turnout for their referendum.

Councillor Paul Diviani, Leader of East Devon District Council, said:

As a former resident of Stockland I am delighted that this proposal is coming forward to join over 40 East Devon parishes as national leaders in the country for neighbourhood planning.