Local Feniton community to vote on whether they want their plan to become part of East Devon’s development plan

Feniton residents will shortly be given the opportunity to confirm whether they want their Neighbourhood Plan to become part of the Development Plan for East Devon at a referendum on 17 May 2018. If the majority of those that vote in the referendum are in favour of the Plan, then it will be ‘made’ and will be used to inform planning decisions in East Devon. 

Voters should head to Feniton Sports and Social Club, Station Road, Feniton, which will be used as the polling station on 17 May. Further information and a copy of the plan can be found on the East Devon website

Feniton’s Neighbourhood Plan is the product of over three years hard work by local volunteers and has been produced by Feniton Parish Council in consultation with the local community. The Plan includes policies that will influence how planning applications are determined until 2031.

At the referendum, voters will be asked to consider the following question: "Do you want East Devon District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Feniton to help determine planning applications in the neighbourhood area?". If more people vote ‘yes’ than ‘no’ in this referendum, then East Devon District Council will ‘make’ the plan and it will become part of the development plan for East Devon.

The council is encouraging all residents eligible to vote in the area to turn out to vote on the day. Should the referendum be successful, it will be the 10th Neighbourhood Plan to be adopted in East Devon.

A person is entitled to vote in the referendum if, on 17 May 2018, he or she is entitled to vote in a local government election in the referendum area and, his or her qualifying address for the election is in the referendum area.

Cllr Mark Williamson, East Devon’s lead councillor for Neighbourhood Planning, said:

I send my sincere thanks to all concerned with the Feniton Neighbourhood Plan, which has reached the important referendum stage. Neighbourhood Plans devolve real powers to communities to decide how they want their settlements to develop over the years ahead. The plan addresses Feniton’s challenges and opportunities and I hope all residents will read it carefully and take part in this exercise of local democracy.