Guide Neighbourhood Plans being produced in East Devon

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23. Kilmington (made)


On 10 October 2022, East Devon District Council decided to ‘make’ (adopt) the Kilmington Parish Neighbourhood Plan.  This means that it now forms part of the Development Plan for East Devon alongside any other made neighbourhood plans, the adopted East Devon Local Plan 2013-2031, and the Devon Minerals and Waste Plan.

This was following the successful referendum on 8 September 2022, where 94.5% of residents who voted were in favour of the Plan.

The Kilmington Neighbourhood Plan as 'made' is available to view.

Our Decision Statement and Compliance Statement confirms the Plan as made and legally compliant.

The Plan will be used to help make decisions on planning applications and guide future development in the parish of Kilmington.

More information about the plan and its development are provided below, as well as on the Kilmington Village website.  Hard copies of Plan documentation can be viewed by prior arrangement at the District Council Offices at Blackdown House, Border Road, Heathpark Industrial Estate, Honiton.  Tel: 01395 571740


A local referendum was held on 8 September 2022 on the Kilmington Neighbourhood Plan.  The referendum asked residents in the parish of Kilmington the following question:

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

The results, confirmed in the published Declaration, are as follows:

  • Number of votes cast in favour of a 'YES'

288 (94.5%)

  • Number of votes cast in favour of a 'NO'

17 (5.5%)

  • Voter turnout: 41.5%

A "Referendum Version" of the Neighbourhood Plan is available to view.

The full set of documents relating to the referendum can be found on the Electoral Services page of our website.


The Kilmington Neighbourhood Plan has been examined.  The appointed independent examiner was Deborah McCann.  The conclusions of the examination were that, subject to a number of amendments, the Plan meets the necessary 'Basic Conditions' and could proceed to referendum.  The Examiner's Final Report is 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 to questions posed by the Examiner.  The responses are available to view:

Local Green Spaces Initial Response and further information, together with representations received from the site owners.

Built Up Area Boundary Response

East Devon District Council formally considered the recommendations from the independent examination at its Cabinet meeting on 13 July 2022.  It was agreed that the Plan, with the Examiner's recommended amendments, meets the necessary 'basic conditions' and could go forward to local vote in a referendum.  This was confirmed by the issue of a formal Decision Notice.

Submission (Regulation 16)

Kilmington Parish Council (as the qualifying body) prepared and submitted the Kilmington Neighbourhood Development Plan to East Devon District Council in January 2022.  The District Council held a consultation on the Submission over 7 weeks, from 9th February to 30th March 2022.

The Submitted documents are:

The Plan submission was supported by a Strategic Environmental and Habitats Regulation Assessment Screening Report prepared by officers of East Devon District Council.

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

Comments received in response to the Consultation are now available to view:

ArchitEXE Ltd on behalf of Mr N Rooke

Avison Young on behalf of National Grid

Blackdown Hills AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty)

Christopher Balcomb

Devon & Cornwall Police

East Devon District Council

Addendum to East Devon District Council Response (advisory only)

Environment Agency

National Highways

Historic England

Lucy White Planning on behalf of Place Land Ltd.

Natural England

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

Sport England

Pre-Submission Consultation (Regulation 14)

Kilmington Parish Council consulted for a total of 10 weeks on the pre-submission version of their Neighbourhood Plan, ending 28th February 2021.

The Pre-Submission version of the plan and supporting documents are available on the Kilmington Village website.  

The Plan was considered in the light of the consultation responses and a Submission Version agreed by the Parish Council.

Neighbourhood Plan Designation

Kilmington Parish Council requested that their parish be designated as a neighbourhood area. The designation was approved on the 15 January 2016.

For further information please select the links below:

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