The Colyton Neighbourhood Plan has now been examined. The appointed independent examiner was Deborah McCann. The conclusions of the examination are that, subject to a number of amendments, the Plan meets the necessary 'Basic Conditions' and can proceed to referendum. The Examiner's Final Report (revised issue September 2021) is now available to view.
In undertaking the examination, the Examiner considered a full set of Plan documentation, including all responses received to the Submission consultation (see under Submission heading below). In addition, consideration was given to a response from the Parish Council regarding the wording of Policy Coly8 to a question posed by the Examiner.
East Devon District Council, at a forthcoming Cabinet meeting (anticipated 6 October 2021), will now consider the recommendations made by the Examiner and decide what action to take. This will include whether we agree that the Plan, with amendments, can go forward to the next stage of referendum. The Cabinet Report and the associated Decision Notice will be published here in due course.
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:
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:
East Devon District Council (subject to Cabinet meeting 14th July 2021)
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.
An interactive map can be viewed by visiting the Neighbourhood Planning Interactive Map.
More information about the Colyton Neighbourhood Plan and Plan Area is also available on the Colyton Parish Council website.