Community votes a resounding yes with 88% of residents in favour of the plan

At East Budleigh with Bicton’s Neighbourhood Planning Referendum, held on 25 May 2017, the village’s proposed Neighbourhood Plan received resounding approval from the community, with 88% of residents voting in favour of the plan, which covers the two parishes of East Budleigh and Bicton. Overall turnout for the referendum was an impressive 37.5%.

Produced by local volunteers and in consultation with the community, the Plan contains policies that will influence how planning applications are determined in the parishes until 2031.

At the referendum, voters were asked to consider the following question: "Do you want East Devon District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for East Budleigh with Bicton 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 since June 2015 to produce the Plan and it will soon be put forward to cabinet to be the fourth Plan in East Devon to be made.

Commenting on the successful referendum, Cllr Mark Williamson, lead councillor for Neighbourhood Planning, said:

I would like to offer my deepest congratulations to the East Budleigh with Bicton Neighbourhood Plan group, who have worked tirelessly over the past two years to produce a plan that reflects local aspirations. To see so many residents turn out to vote in favour of the plan is a testament to how warmly it has been received by the local community. The document will be of great use when considering planning applications for years to come.

Further information can be found about East Budleigh with Bicton Neighbourhood Plan on the East Devon website.