Council will incorporate Neighbourhood Plan into East Devon’s development plan if majority of residents vote in favour

Residents of the parish of Bishops Clyst, comprising the communities of Clyst St Mary and Sowton,  will have the opportunity to vote on the future of their village in relation to planning and development on Thursday 26 January 2017, when the Bishops Clyst Neighbourhood Plan referendum takes place.

If the majority of residents vote in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan, then it will be ‘made’ and East Devon District Council will make it part of the Development Plan for East Devon.

The Bishops Clyst Neighbourhood Plan has been produced by the Bishops Clyst Parish Council in consultation with the local community and includes policies that will influence how planning applications are determined until 2031.

Neighbourhood planning aims to help local communities play a direct role in planning the areas in which they live and work. A community can choose to prepare a neighbourhood plan, which can then show how the community wants land to be used and developed in its area. Bishops Clyst’s Neighbourhood Plan is the culmination of three years of hard work by volunteers from the local community and the council is keen to encourage all residents who are eligible to vote in the area, to turn out to vote on the day.

On 26 January, voters will be asked to consider the following question:

Do you want East Devon District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Bishops Clyst to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?

A person is entitled to vote in the referendum if on 26 January 2017 he or she is entitled to vote in a local government election in the referendum area and his or her qualifying address for the election is in the referendum area.

Clyst St Mary’s village hall will be used as the referendum’s polling station and will be open from 7am to 10pm.

For further information about the Bishop’s Clyst referendum, visit the East Devon website.

Further information about the Bishops Clyst Neighbourhood Plan, together with a copy of the Plan itself, can also be found on the East Devon website.

If Bishops Clyst’s Neighbourhood Plan is voted for by the majority of residents, then it will become the third Neighbourhood Plan to be adopted in East Devon, following Lympstone, which was adopted in Mach 2015 and Stockland, which is due to be ‘made’ in January 2017, having been voted through successfully at a referendum in November 2016.

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

Bishop's Clyst are to be congratulated in getting to the stage when the fruits of their hard work are to be put to referendum. This parish is in a key position where a balance has to be struck between protecting the integrity of a village environment while at the same time providing for the housing needs of young families and promoting the local economy. I would like to thank all involved in working on this Neighbourhood Plan. It will help to assess planning decisions in Bishop Clyst for years to come.