Guide Neighbourhood Plans being produced in East Devon

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15. Dalwood


The Dalwood Neighbourhood Plan has now been examined.  The appointed independent examiner was Jill Kingaby.  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 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 and District Council to questions posed by the Examiner. 

East Devon District Council, at a forthcoming Cabinet meeting (anticipated 1 December 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.

More information about the Dalwood Neighbourhood Plan and Plan Area is also available on the Dalwood Parish Council website

Submission Consultation (Regulation 16)

Dalwood Parish Council (as the qualifying body) prepared and submitted the Dalwood Neighbourhood Development Plan (Submission Version) to East Devon District Council in April 2021.  The District Council held an 8 week consultation inviting comments (representations) on the Plan.  This consultation closed on 30th June 2021.

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

Dalwood Neighbourhood Plan (Submission Version)

Consultation Statement

Basic Conditions Statement

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

Comments received during the consultation as as follows:

Avison Young on behalf of National Grid

Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

Devon and Cornwall Police

Devon Countryside Access Forum

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

Environment Agency

Exeter Airport

Highways England

Historic England

Natural England

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

Sport England

East Devon District Council officers undertook a Screening Assessment on the draft Dalwood Neighbourhood Plan for Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA).  This concluded that neither an SEA or HRA were required.

Pre-Submission Consultation (Regulation 14)

Dalwood Parish Council consulted for 6 weeks on the pre-submission version of their Neighbourhood Plan, ending 3rd March 2020.

The pre-submission version of their plan is available below:
Dalwood NP Pre-submission Version

The full set of supporting documentation is available on the Parish Council website at:

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

Neighbourhood Plan Designation

Dalwood Parish Council requested that the whole of their parish be designated a Neighbourhood Area. The designation was approved on the 30 August 2016.

For further information and comments please select the links below:

Application Form

Application Form Map

Publicity Notice

Natural England Response

Environment Agency Response

Historic England Response