Stockland Neighbourhood Plan will now be ‘made’ and will become part of East Devon’s Development Plan

At Stockland’s Neighbourhood Planning Referendum, held on Thursday 24 November 2016, 86% of those residents voting,voted yes in response to the question:

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

Stockland’s Neighbourhood Plan will now 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.

Referendum results analysis

  • 80 (86% of the electorate) voted yes
  • 13 (14% of the electorate) voted  no
  • Number of registered electors – 524
  • 93 ballot papers were issued
  • The turnout was 17.7%

The Plan is a culmination of three years hard work by volunteers from the local community and will be the second Neighbourhood Plan to be adopted in East Devon following Lympstone’s success in April 2015.

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

As a former resident of Stockland, I am delighted that this Neighbourhood Plan has come forward and that the community have taken the opportunity to set out what they want the planning system to achieve in the parish. I commend those involved for their hard work and can assure them that the plan will now be used to inform planning decisions in the parish.

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

The result of the Stockland referendum is another example of how Neighbourhood Planning empowers communities. I wish Stockland every success as their council and their community now put principles into practice. I hope the other parishes in the beautiful Blackdowns will follow Stockland's lead.