Chardstock and Yarcombe Neighbourhood Plans now in the system

Chardstock and Yarcombe Parish Councils have both prepared Neighbourhood Development Plans and recently submitted them to East Devon District Council for checking, before the plans undergo formal consultation.

The Yarcombe and Marsh Neighbourhood Plan has already been consulted on and the closing date for comments ended on Wednesday 8 March 2017.

East Devon District Council is currently consulting on the Chardstock Neighbourhood Plan and people are being encouraged to comment on it as well as the supporting documents up until the closing date of Monday 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. All Neighbourhood Plans are consulted on for six weeks after they have been submitted to the council.

Following consultation, the plan is inspected by an Independent Examiner, who reviews it against a series of basic conditions that the plan must meet. Should the Examiner conclude that the plans meet the basic conditions, it will proceed to a local referendum, where should 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.

Both Chardstock and Yarcombe’s plans and supporting documents can be seen on the East Devon website together with a comments form, which the council wants to encourage people to use for their feedback.

Any comments received will be made publicly available on the East Devon website and copies will also be sent to the Examiners for their consideration.

The Chardstock and Yarcombe Neighbourhood Plans have been under production for the past few years and have been taken forward by volunteers from each of the local communities. The Plans cover a variety of topics, but both focus on ensuring that development respects the location of the two parishes within the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. East Devon District Council is experiencing ever increasing amounts of Neighbourhood Plan activity with recent submissions also from Budleigh Salterton and Uplyme.

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

I warmly welcome the news that two more parishes in East Devon have submitted their draft Neighbourhood Plans. Now the residents of both communities can have their say alongside the statutory consultees. I should like to thank the two Steering Groups and all those who have helped them reach this point.  It is hugely encouraging that so many communities in East Devon, large and small, have risen to the challenge of shaping their own locality.