Neighbourhood Plan will help decide future of Ottery St Mary and West Hill in terms of development and planning applications

Residents of Ottery St Mary and West Hill have given the green light to the neighbourhood plan for their parish following a referendum last month.

Just over 1,400 residents - almost a quarter of those eligible to vote – turned out for the referendum and just over 90% voted in favour of the plan.

The plan sets out policies for the future of Ottery St Mary and West Hill, covering two parishes featuring the historic market town of Ottery St Mary and the ‘woodland village’ of West Hill. Once adopted, Ottery St Mary and West Hill Neighbourhood Plan will be used to help inform future decisions about development and planning applications in the area. 

The neighbourhood plan was created by a steering group made up of members of Ottery St Mary and West Hill parish councils, local amenity groups and individuals from the wider community.

Ottery St Mary and West Hill Neighbourhood Plan tackles a variety of topics, including housing, employment, community facilities, transport, as well as 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. 

Councillor Bruce De Saram, East Devon District Council’s lead councillor for Neighbourhood Planning, said: 

“I should like to congratulate Ottery St Mary and West Hill Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group on their work, which has been so richly rewarded by an overwhelming vote in support of the plan at the referendum.

“Ottery St Mary and West Hill are now added to the growing number of East Devon communities, which have seized the opportunity neighbourhood plans provide for residents to shape the future of their own communities. The plan addresses the key issues facing this attractive and historic part of our district and will ensure the voice of the local community is represented when deciding planning applications.”

More information about the Ottery St Mary and West Hill Neighbourhood Plan can be found on the East Devon website.