Guide Neighbourhood Plans being produced in East Devon

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16. Dunkeswell (made)


A report was taken to Cabinet on the 29 November 2017 recommending that the Dunkeswell Neighbourhood Plan be 'made' so that it forms part of the Development Plan for East Devon, alongside the adopted East Devon Local Plan (2013-2031) and the Devon Minerals and Waste Plans.  The date of 'making' the Plan is 7 December 2017.  This is following the successful referendum on 19 October 2017 where 89.91% of residents who voted were in favour of adopting the Plan.  The 'Made' Dunkeswell Neighbourhood Plan will be available to view as soon as the final version is received. 

The Adoption Statement and Compliance Statement are available to view.

The adopted version of the Dunkeswell Neighbourhood Plan document is available to view.  


Following the successful examination of the Dunkeswell Neighbourhood Plan, a referendum was held on 19 October 2017.  Residents were asked the following question:

"Do you want East Devon District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Dunkeswell to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"

The results are as follows:

Number cast in favour of a 'YES' - 285

Number cast in favour of a 'NO' - 32

Turnout: 22.42%

Declaration of Result

The supporting referendum documents can be seen below:

Information for voters

Information Statement

Notice of Referendum

Decision Statement

Dunkeswell Neighbourhood Plan

Table of comments

Examiner's Report

Referendum timetable


Mary O’Rourke was appointed to examine the Dunkeswell Neighbourhood Plan, a process which commenced on the 5 June 2017.

The report into the examination is available to view.

Dunkeswell Submission of Plan to Local Authority- Regulation 16

Dunkeswell Parish Council as the qualifying body have prepared and submitted the Dunkeswell Neighbourhood Development Plan to East Devon District Council. The plan consultation concluded on Wednesday 10th May 2017.

Comments received during the course of the consultation can be found below:

Amec for National Grid
Highways England
South Somerset District Council
South West Water
Sport England
Gladman Developments Ltd
Blackdown Hills AONB
East Devon District Council
Historic England

For information, the notice of publication and representation forms which related to the consultation are here:

Dunkeswell submission notice of publication

Dunkeswell representation form

The Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents can be found by following the links below:

Dunkeswell neighbourhood plan document

Dunkeswell consultation statement

Dunkeswell basic conditions statement

Dunkeswell sustainability appraisal

Dunkeswell statement of reasons for not undertaking a strategic environmental assessment

Neighbourhood Area Designation

In October 2012 Development Management Committee agreed to designate Dunkeswell Parish as a neighbourhood area. His was proposed by Dunkeswell Parish Council.

Dunkeswell application form

Dunkeswell publicity notice

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