7. Blackdown Hills
Ten Blackdown Hills parishes embark on Neighbourhood Plans - 'A Voice for the Hills'
Ten East Devon parishes are working together to produce neighbourhood plans for their areas within the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The parishes, which are united by the distinctive Blackdown Hills landscape are working alongside one another for support, sharing resources and expert assistance. The economies of working together have allowed every parish to produce a plan whereas alone the cost and enormity of the task may have been prohibitive, particularly in the smaller, very rural communities.
Each parish held a launch event during June and July. Parishioners were encouraged to go along and find out about neighbourhood planning, join the team, or simply have their say on local issues. These and other issues will be the topic of a household survey during June and July, the results of which will inform the next stage of the plan.
The parishes are being supported by DCLG, East Devon District Council and the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in their quest to plan for the future of the beautiful, living, working landscape and ensure future housing, community facilities, renewable energy production, employment and other development fits with community needs as well as the built and natural heritage.
An interactive map can be viewed by visiting the Neighbourhood Planning Interactive Map.