Guide Neighbourhood Plans being produced in East Devon

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13. Colyton

Examination

The Colyton Neighbourhood Plan is now at examination.  The examination commenced on 25th June 2021.  The appointed independent examiner is Deborah McCann.  

The examination will review the contents of the Plan and the responses to the recent Submission Consultation.  It will consider if the Plan complies with the relevant legal requirements and whether it can go forward to the final stages of plan making (either in its current form, or with any amendments). 

The examiner has been provided with a full set of relevant Plan documentation, including all responses to the recent Submission consultation (see under Submission heading below). 

The Examiner has raised an initial question for the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group regarding the wording of Policy Coly8.  The Parish Council has prepared a response on behalf of its Steering Group which has been submitted to the Examiner for consideration.

Further documentation related to the examination, including the Examiner's Final Report, will be published here when available.  More information about the Colyton Neighbourhood Plan and Plan Area is also available on the Colyton Parish Council website

Submission Consultation (Regulation 16)

Colyton Parish Council (as the qualifying body) prepared and submitted the Colyton Neighbourhood Development Plan (Submission Version) to East Devon District Council in March 2021.  The District Council held an 8 week consultation inviting comments (representations) on the Plan.  This consultation closed on 22nd June 2021.

The Submitted documents, which are now at examination, are:

Colyton Neighbourhood Plan (Submission Version)

Plan of the Colyton Neighbourhood Plan Area

Consultation Statement

Basic Conditions Statement

The draft (Pre-Submission) Plan was also subject to a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) following an SEA/HRA Screening Assessment carried out by East Devon District Council.  EDDC considered the changes to the Plan between pre-Submission and Submission stage and concluded that there was no need for further SEA/HRA screening or re-assessment to be carried out.

The District Council undertook a Legal Compliance Assessment of the Neighbourhood Plan submission.  This assessed the Plan as able to proceed to the formal (Regulation 16) consultation.  The formal Notice of the consultation confirms the details.

Comments received during the consultation as as follows:

Avison Young on behalf of National Grid

Coal Authority 

Collier Planning on behalf of Baker Estates Ltd

Colyton Grammar School

Devon and Cornwall Police

East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

East Devon District Council (subject to Cabinet meeting 14th July 2021)

Highways England

Historic England

J Carthy

J Zealley 1

J Zealley 2

J Zealley 3

L and C Anholt

Marine Management Organisation

Natural England

NHS Property Services

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

Woodland Trust

In addition, an anonymous response was received from 'Concerned Members of Colyton Parish'.  Anonymous responses are not accepted by EDDC.  However as this raises issues that it is considered may be relevant to the examination it has been passed to the examiner to determine whether it is given any consideration.  It is published here for transparency.

Pre-Submission Consultation (Regulation 14)

Colyton Parish Council consulted on the Pre-Submission Version of their Neighbourhood Plan for 10 weeks from 5th October 2020 until 5pm on 14th December 2020.

The Plan was considered in the light of the consultation responses and a Submission Version has been agreed by the Parish Council.   More details can be found on the Parish Council website and in the Submission documentation above.

Neighbourhood Plan Designation

Colyton Parish Council requested that their parish be designated as a neighbourhood area . The designation was approved on the 28 July 2015.

Colyton Application form

Colyton Parish Map

Colyton Publicity Notice

Response from Natural England

Response from Environment Agency

Response from Historic England

Response from Gladman Developments Ltd

An interactive map can be viewed by visiting the Neighbourhood Planning Interactive Map.