Guide Neighbourhood Plans being produced in East Devon

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26. Membury (made)


A report was taken for Senior Officer Urgent Decision on 27 April 2020 recommending that the Membury Neighbourhood Plan be 'made' so that it forms part of the Development Plan for East Devon. 

The date of 'making' the Plan is 27 April 2020. This is following the successful referendum on 12 March 2020 where 81% of residents who voted were in favour of adopting the Plan.

The Decision Statement and Compliance Statement are available to view here:
Membury Decision Statement
Membury Compliance Statement

The Adopted Version of the Membury Neighbourhood Plan is available to view here:
Membury NP Adopted Version


On 12 March 2020, a referendum was held on the Membury Neighbourhood Plan where residents were asked the following question:

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

The results are as follows:

Number cast in favour of a 'YES'


Number cast in favour of a 'NO'


Turnout: 33.5%

The Declaration of the Result is available to download here.

The supporting referendum documents are available to download here:

Decision Statement

Membury Neighbourhood Plan Document

Examiner's Report

Post-examination Further Consultation

Following consideration of the Examiner's report, the Parish Council resolved to accept his recommendations subject to a minor amendment to Policy HP1, reducing the maximum cumulative number of new builds across the parish from 15 to 10.

The District Council supported this amendment in principle, and undertook consultation from 29th November 2019 to 10th January 2020. This consultation only related to the proposed amendment as set out in the notice.

No objections were received so the Plan will now proceed to Referendum.

Post-Examination version of the Plan



Andrew Mead was appointed to examine the Membury Neighbourhood Plan. The process commenced on the 16 March 2018.  The report is now available.

Following an initial assessment, the Examiner produced a Procedural Matters document including questions to the Parish Council and East Devon District Council.

The first round of Examiner's questions are available to view.

EDDC's response to the Examiner's questions is available to view.

A copy of the map provided by EDDC for the Examiner's site visit is available to view.

Membury Parish Council's response to the Examiner's questions is available to view.

Following the examination, Membury Parish Council produced a response to the Examiner's report. Membury Parish Council's response to the Examiner's report is available to view.

The Examiner produced a response to Membury Parish Council's request for a meeting.  The Examiner's response is available to view.


Membury Submission of Plan to Local Authority - Regulation 16

Membury Parish Council as the qualifying body have prepared and submitted the Membury Development Plan to East Devon District Council.  The plan was out to consultation until 16 March 2018.  A full list of responses to the consultation can be seen below:

Amec Foster for National Grid
Blackdown Hills AONB
Dorset County Council
Highways England
Historic England
Natural England
South Somerset District Council
South West Water
Sport England 
Membury notice of publication
Membury Neighbourhood Plan consultation comment form

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

Membury Neighbourhood Plan
Membury Consultation Statement
Membury Basic Conditions Statement
SEA/HRA Screening Report
SEA Environmental Report

SEA and Pre-submission consultation recommendation tracker
Scoping Report
SEA Report
SEA Post Consultation

Health Check

Following the production of a draft Neighbourhood Plan, East Devon District Council commissioned the undertaking of a Neighbourhood Plan Health Check, which was conducted by John Slater, an experienced planning professional who has undertaken examinations of Neighbourhood Plans across the Country.

A copy of the health check and corresponding draft of the Plan can be seen below.

Neighbourhood Plan Draft
Health Check Report

Neighbourhood Area Designation

Membury Parish Council requested the whole of their parish be designated a neighbourhood area.  The designation was approved on 2 April 2014.

Membury application form and map
Membury publicity notice

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