Once adopted, the Plan will help decide the future of Membury in terms of development and planning applications

Following a recent examination of the Membury Neighbourhood Plan by an independent Examiner, who considered whether the Plan met the ‘Basic Conditions’ set out in legislation, Membury Parish Council has resolved to accept the Examiner’s recommendations - with one exception - that Policy H1 should allow a maximum of ten new build properties across the Parish rather than the maximum of 15 in the Examiner’s Report. 

East Devon District Council supports this reduction in principle, subject to consultation, which will be carried out until 10 January 2020.

If no substantive objections are received, the Neighbourhood Plan can then proceed to a referendum in Spring 2020. If the majority of those who vote in the referendum support the Plan it will be ‘made’ and will then be used in the determination of planning applications in the District.

Membury is a large rural parish in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the north eastern part of East Devon. Due to its very rural location, limited facilities and very attractive landscape, it is not a location where new development would usually be allowed. However, the Neighbourhood Plan, which was produced by a steering group consisting of local residents and Parish Councillors in consultation with the whole community, sets out policies for the future development of Membury.

Anyone wishing to comment on the Membury Neighbourhood Plan can email: planningpolicy@eastdevon.gov.uk or write to: Planning Policy Section, East Devon District Council, Blackdown House, Border Road, Honiton, EX14 1EJ.

Further information about Membury’s Neighbourhood Plan can be found on the East Devon website.