Public can comment on Exmouth plan up until 17 October 2018

Exmouth Town Council has submitted its Neighbourhood Plan to East Devon District Council and the council is now publicising the plan and inviting comments on its content. The public has until Wednesday 17 October 2018 to have their say on the plan.

A Neighbourhood Plan is a planning policy document that will be used by the district council’s Development Management team when considering planning applications within the parish.

The District Council is formally required to consult on the Plan for a period of six weeks before it goes to an Independent Examiner, who will inspect the plan against a series of basic conditions that the plan must meet. Should the Examiner conclude that the plan meets the basic conditions it will proceed to a local community referendum where, should more than half of the electors in the local area vote in favour of the plan, it will become part of the statutory development plan for East Devon.

The Exmouth Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents can be viewed on the East Devon website, and there is a comments form, which the council is encouraging people to complete and return to East Devon. Any representations received will be made available on our website and copies will also be sent to the Examiner for consideration.

Exmouth is the largest town in East Devon and the Parish is home to over 35,000 people, more than double the population of any other parish in the East Devon area. The Exmouth Neighbourhood Plan has been in production since June 2015 and covers a variety of topics, including the natural and built environment, the economy and employment, housing, transport, and community facilities.

Cllr Bruce de Saram, East Devon District Council’s Lead Councillor for Neighbourhood Planning and ward member for Exmouth Littleham, said:

I am very pleased to see the progress made by my colleagues in Exmouth on the production of our Neighbourhood Plan. The submitted version of the Neighbourhood Plan is the result of a great deal of hard work by volunteer steering group members, working to deliver local objectives, informed by extensive public engagement and consultation. I would like to add thanks to Cllr Mark Williamson, current Lead Member for the NPPF and previous Lead Councillor for Neighbourhood Planning, for his hard work and continued commitment as a key member of the steering group.  Cllr Williamson has expressed his delight at the Plan’s submission, representing the culmination of over three years’ hard work. We would both like to congratulate the steering group on the production of a Neighbourhood Plan, which with the support of the local community, will serve Exmouth Parish for many years to come.