District Council wants to encourage feedback during consultation period

Budleigh Salterton Town Council’s Neighbourhood Plan has been submitted to East Devon District Council and is currently being consulted on until 20 March 2017. A Neighbourhood Plan is a planning policy document that will be used by the District Council’s Development Management team when considering planning applications within the Parish.

The District Council is formally required to consult on the Plan for six weeks before it goes to an Independent Examiner, who will inspect the plan to ensure that it meets a series of ‘basic conditions’. Should the Examiner conclude that the plan fulfils the required criteria, it will proceed to a local community referendum, where 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 plan, its supporting documents and a comments form can be found on the East Devon website.

The council is encouraging people to leave feedback before the end of the consultation and any comments received will be made publicly available on the East Devon website with copies also sent to the Examiner for consideration.

Production of the Budleigh Salterton Plan only began in August 2015 – thanks to the hard work and dedication of a group of local volunteers - making it one of the quicker plans to be produced in the district. Budleigh Salterton is the first of the East Devon towns to submit a Neighbourhood Plan, and is the sixth overall Neighbourhood Plan to be submitted in East Devon. It covers a variety of topics including housing, heritage, business and protecting the local environment.

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

Those volunteers who have worked on the Budleigh Salterton Neighbourhood Plan deserve double recognition. They are the first town in East Devon to bring a Neighbourhood Plan to submission stage, and they have done so in just two years. The plan is very well designed and will be easy to use in making important decisions about the future of this historic and much-loved town. It shows that even in a sizeable town it is possible for residents to have a voice in the planning process.