Plan will help decide future of Rockbeare in terms of development and planning applications

Rockbeare residents took the opportunity to vote on the future of the Neighbourhood Plan for their parish by attending a referendum held on 6 September 2018. Turnout for the event was high, with 225 residents (31.5% of those eligible to vote) choosing to attend, voting in favour of the plan by 91%.

The plan sets out policies for the future of Rockbeare, an attractive parish in
the west of East Devon. Once adopted, Rockbeare’s 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
Rockbeare Parish Council, local amenity groups and individuals from the wider
community. Production commenced in September 2014 with the steering group
engaging the local community and wider stakeholders to produce a plan that
represents local community ambitions.

Rockbeare’s Neighbourhood Plan tackles a variety of topics, including housing, employment, community facilities, transport, and the built and natural environment. The plan provides local policies and proposals, which meet local needs and aspirations and will be used, alongside the East Devon Local Plan, to determine planning applications. 

The question posed at the September referendum - to which voters answered ‘yes’
- was: “Do you want East Devon District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan
for Rockbeare to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood

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

I was very pleased to see how well Rockbeare’s Neighbourhood Plan was supported in the recent referendum. A clear majority vote in favour of the plan shows that East Devon residents are responding to the opportunity to shape their own communities. The Rockbeare Neighbourhood Plan addresses the key issues facing this attractive part of our district and I would like to thank the members of the Steering Group whose hard work in conjunction with high levels of community engagement achieved such a good result.

More information about the Rockbeare Neighbourhood Plan can be found on the
East Devon website.