Referendum for Rockbeare Neighbourhood Plan to take place on 6 September 2018

Rockbeare 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 Thursday 6 September 2018.

Voters should head to the polling station at Rockbeare Village Hall, Lowbrook, Rockbeare EX5 2LR, which will be open from 7am to 10pm, where they will be asked to consider the following question: "Do you want East Devon District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Rockbeare to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"

Rockbeare’s neighbourhood plan has been produced by Rockbeare Parish Council in consultation with the community and includes policies that will influence how planning applications are determined until 2031. Further information and a copy of the plan can be found on the East Devon website.

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. A person is entitled to vote in the referendum if, on 6 September 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.

The plan is the result of four years’ hard work by volunteers from the local community and the council is encouraging all residents eligible to vote in the area to ensure they are registered and to turn out to vote on the day. Should the referendum be successful, it will be the 12th neighbourhood plan to be adopted in East Devon.

Cllr Bruce De Saram, East Devon’s lead councillor for Neighbourhood Planning, said:

I would like to congratulate all involved in the production of the Rockbeare Neighbourhood Plan.  The plan has required a great deal of hard work from volunteers in the local community and its content reflects their commitment to protecting the special qualities of the Parish.  The plan gives a voice to the local community on future development.