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

At Bishops Clyst’s Neighbourhood Planning Referendum, held on 26 January 2017, the village’s proposed Neighbourhood Plan received resounding approval from the community, with 90% of residents voting in favour of the plan, which covers the parishes of Clyst St Mary and Sowton. Overall turnout for the referendum was 25.4%.

Presented by Bishops Clyst Council and produced in consultation with the community, the Plan contains policies that will influence how planning applications are determined in the parishes until 2031. At the January referendum, voters were 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?".

The referendum results can be found on the East Devon website.

Local volunteers from the community have worked hard over the past three years to produce the Plan, which will soon become the third Plan in East Devon to be made.

Councillor Mark Williamson, East Devon District Council’s lead councillor for neighbourhood planning, said:

I congratulate all involved in the production of the Bishops Clyst Neighbourhood Plan. This is the first Neighbourhood Plan for a community close to Exeter. The Plan shows that it is possible to welcome economic growth whilst preserving the special qualities of village communities. I particularly like the way the Plan is written - clear statements about what the community seeks to achieve backed up by policies to help them achieve it. It gives a voice to the local community on future development.

More information about the Bishops Clyst Neighbourhood Plan can be found on the East Devon website.