Plan will help decide future of Uplyme in terms of development and planning applications

Residents of the large rural Parish of Uplyme took their opportunity to vote on the future of the Neighbourhood Plan for their Parish by attending a referendum held in Uplyme on 26 October 2017. Turnout for the event was high, with 363 residents (25.58% of those eligible to vote) choosing to attend, voting in favour of the Plan by 86.46%.

The Plan sets out policies for the future of Uplyme, a large rural parish in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the south east of East Devon. The Plan will be used to help inform future decisions about development and planning applications.

The Neighbourhood Plan was created by a steering group made up of members of the Parish Council, local amenity groups and individuals from the wider community. Production commenced in May 2013 with the steering group engaging the local community and wider stakeholders to produce a plan that represents local community ambitions.

The Uplyme Plan tackles a variety of topics, including housing, employment, community facilities, transport, and the built and natural environment. The Plan provides local policies and proposals that meet local needs and aspirations and will be used, alongside the East Devon Local Plan, to determine planning applications. 

The question posed at the October referendum, and to which voters said yes, was: “Do you want East Devon District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Uplyme to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

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

I was very pleased to see how well the Uplyme Neighbourhood Plan was supported in the recent referendum. This shows how well East Devon residents are responding to the opportunity to shape their own communities. The Uplyme plan addresses the key issues facing this beautiful part of our District and I would like to thank the members of the Steering Group whose hard work and consultation achieved such a good result.

Councillor Ian Thomas, East Devon District Council Ward Member for Trinity Ward, said:

I am very pleased that the Uplyme Neighbourhood Plan was supported in our referendum by such a large majority. Congratulations and thanks to our Neighbourhood Plan Team, who put an enormous amount of excellent work into this well presented document.

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