Guide Neighbourhood Plans being produced in East Devon

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28. Newton Poppleford (made)


On 9 June 2021, Cabinet resolved to ‘make’ (adopt) the Newton Poppleford and Harpford Neighbourhood Plan so that it 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. The date of 'making' the Plan is 18 June 2021.

This was following the successful referendum on 6 May 2021, where 87% of residents who voted were in favour of the Plan.

The Decision Statement and Compliance Statement are available to view.

The 'made' (adopted) version of the Newton Poppleford and Harpford Neighbourhood Plan is available to view.

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

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 Email:


A local referendum was held on 6 May 2021 on the Newton Poppleford and Harpford Neighbourhood Plan.  The referendum asked residents in the parish of Newton Poppleford and Harpford the following question:

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

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

Number cast in favour of a 'YES'

652 (87%)

Number cast in favour of a 'NO'

83 (11%)

Turnout: 40%

The "Referendum Version" of the Neighbourhood Plan is available to view.  The Parish Council also produced a Summary Document which is available on their website.

The full set of documents for the referendum, including important information for voters, can be found on the Electoral Services page of our website.


The examination of the Newton Poppleford & Harpford Neighbourhood Plan is now complete.  The examination commenced on 11 June 2020 and the appointed examiner was Jill Kingaby. The Examiner’s Final Report is now available.

Questions raised by the Examiner during the examination process, and responses provided are shown below. The examiner was also provided with the full set of documentation from the preceding Regulation 16 consultation.

Examiners letter and questions

Response to Examiner Covering Letter

Annex A - Response to Examiner as per NHP SG liaison and NPHPC resolution

Annex B - Response to Examiner as per NHP SG liaison and NPHPC resolution

The Plan has since been updated in line with the examiner’s recommendations.  It has also been assessed as meeting the necessary 'basic conditions'.  This was confirmed by formal decision of East Devon District Council in October recommending the Plan to go forward for referendum. 


Submission of Plan to Local Authority - Regulation 16

Newton Poppleford and Harpford Parish Council as the qualifying body prepared and submitted the Newton Poppleford and Harpford Neighbourhood Development Plan to East Devon District Council on 3rd March 2020. 

The plan consultation period ended on 29 May 2020.  The next stage of the process is the independent examination where the contents of the Plan are reviewed alongside representations made during the consultation period. 

Comments received during the course of the Regulation 16 consultation can be found below:

Avison Young for National Grid
Devon Countryside Access Forum 1
Devon Countryside Access Forum 2
Devon Countryside Access Forum 3
East Devon District Council
Highways England
Historic England
Natural England
P Gibbons
Mr R Compton
T and R Loynd
South West Water

In addition, the following late representation has been accepted by the examiner.

Mr R Compton additional comments

The Submitted Plan and a full set of supporting information is available to view below.

Newton Poppleford and Harpford Parish Neighbourhood Plan - final submission version
Basic Conditions Statement
Consultation Statement
Appendix 1 - Steering Group Terms of Reference
Appendix 2 - Newton Poppleford NP Designated Area Map
Appendix 3 - Community Consultation Comments
Appendix 4 - Community Consultation Questionnaire
Appendix 5 - Community Questionnaire Report
Appendix 6 - Housing Needs Report
Appendix 7 - School Response
Appendix 8 - Businesses Consulted
Appendix 9 - Housing Styles Survey Analysis
Appendix 10 - Medical Facilities
Appendix 11 - Community Policy Justifications
Appendix 12 - Natural Features To Be Protected
Appendix 13 - Formal Consultation Marketing
Appendix 14 - Community Consultation Review Table
Appendix 15 - Statutory Bodies Formal Consultation
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) / Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) Screening Report

Pre-Submission Consultation (Regulation 14)

The Newton Poppleford and Harpford Parish Council held a consultation on the pre-submission version of their Neighbourhood Plan from 1st November to the 14th December 2019.

The plan was reviewed in the light of the comments made before being formally submitted to East Devon District Council – see details above.


Neighbourhood Area Designation

Newton Poppleford and Harpford Parish Council requested the whole of their parish be designated a neighbourhood area. The designation was approved on 4 June 2014.

Newton Poppleford and Harpford application form

Newton Poppleford and Harpford publicity notice

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