A ten-week public consultation on a plan that will help shape future developments in the Broadclyst parish for the next decade has been launched.
Residents, business owners and visitors to the area have until September 8 to have their say on the neighbourhood plan, which has now been submitted to East Devon District Council (EDDC).
In the plan, put forward by Broadclyst Parish Council, key sites have been put forward for development. This includes:
• Three sites for housing schemes, to meet local needs.
• Three areas for regeneration, for commercial uses.
• One site for a new community sports hub.
• Five areas for local green space.
The area, which lies at the ‘west end’ of East Devon, sits next to schemes at West Clyst and Tithebarn which, in the last decade, have focused significantly on creating news homes and creating employment opportunities.
This has significantly changed parts of the parish and brought many new residents to the area.
While the parish is not in an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, it does boast an attractive landscape, including woodlands, broad floodplains and agricultural fields. And, it is particularly rich in heritage with a significant proportion of the parish owned by the National Trust (like the Killerton Estate) and numerous listed buildings.
The plan acknowledges the on-going changes in the parish and seeks to support the area to thrive and meet the needs of all residents, whilst protecting what makes it special and stepping up to tackle the challenges posed by climate change.
The document contains a number of policies, which includes being supportive of self-builds, affordable housing, small-scale workspaces, sustainable tourism developments, energy efficient design, and improvements to active and green travel.
EDDC is now formally required to hold a consultation on the Broadclyst Parish Neighbourhood Plan before it goes to an independent Examiner – if they decide it meets a series of ‘basic conditions’, a local community referendum will be held as soon as possible. And, if more than half of the electors vote in favour of the plan, it will become part of the statutory development plan for East Devon.
The core documents are available online with the full set of supporting documents on the Broadclyst Parish Council website.
Anyone wishing to comment can fill out an online form here, send their comments by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them to: Angela King, Planning Policy Team, East Devon District Council, Blackdown House, Border Road, Honiton, EX14 1EJ.
Hard copies of the plan can be viewed at Clyst Vale and Pinhoe libraries as well as at the EDDC offices in Honiton.
If necessary, hard copies are also available on request. Any representations received will be made available on our website, with copies also sent to the Examiner to consider.