Guide Neighbourhood Plans being produced in East Devon

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29. Otterton (made)


On 9 June 2021, Cabinet resolved to ‘make’ (adopt) the Otterton 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 92% 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 Otterton Neighbourhood Plan, including appendices are available to view.

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

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 Otterton Neighbourhood Plan.  The referendum asked residents in the parish of Otterton 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 cast in favour of a 'YES'

249 (92%)

Number cast in favour of a 'NO'

21 (8%)

Turnout: 48%

The "Referendum Version" of the Neighbourhood Plan and appendices are available to view.

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


The Otterton Neighbourhood Plan has been examined.  The appointed independent examiner was Jill Kingaby.  The Examiner's Final Report is now available to view.

The documentation provided by the examiner and any responses provided to inform the examination are available to view:

Otterton NP examiner procedural letter - 06/03/2020
Otterton NP examiner initial questions - 12/03/2020
Otterton NP response to examiner - 18/03/2020

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 July 2020 recommending the Plan to go forward for referendum.  

Otterton Submission of Plan to Local Authority - Regulation 16

Otterton Parish Council as the qualifying body prepared and submitted the Otterton Neighbourhood Development Plan to East Devon District Council on November 25 2019. The plan consultation period ran from December 3 2019 to January 22 2020.

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

EDDC Cabinet Report
Avison Young for National Grid
Cllr M Allen
Coal Authority
East Devon AONB
EDDC - Economic Development Manager
EDDC - Housing Enabling Officer
EDDC - Landscape Architect
Highways England
Historic England
Natural England
West Hill Parish Council
Environment Agency

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

Otterton Neighbourhood Plan
Otterton Neighbourhood Plan Appendices
A map identifying the Neighbourhood area (Note this map also appears in the NP)
Letter from the Parish Council confirming their approval to submit
Otterton Basic Conditions Statement
Otterton Consultation Statement
Otterton HRA SEA Screening Report
Otterton Neighbourhood Plan Representation Form

Neighbourhood Area Designation

Otterton Parish Council requested the whole of their parish be designated a neighbourhood area.  The area was designated on 3 September 2014.

Otterton application form

Otterton publicity notice

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