Guide Neighbourhood Plans being produced in East Devon

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29. Otterton


A local referendum will be held on 6 May 2021 on the Otterton Neighbourhood Plan.  The referendum will ask those eligible to vote 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?"

If a majority of those that vote in the referendum are in favour of the Plan, then it will be ‘made’ (or adopted) and become part of the Development Plan for East Devon.  This means it will be used to help make decisions on planning applications, and guide future development, in the parish of Otterton.

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

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

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 results of the referendum vote will be published when available.


Jill Kingaby was appointed to examine the Otterton Neighbourhood Plan.  The process commenced on 6 March 2020. The Examiner's Final Report is now available to view.

The Examiner's provided documents and any relevant responses relating to 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


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

Data Protection - Any personal information which you provide will be held and used by East Devon District Council for the purpose of producing the neighbourhood plan and may inform other Planning Policy work. Your information may also be shared within East Devon District Council for the purposes of carrying out our lawful functions. Otherwise your personal information will not be disclosed to anybody outside East Devon District Council without your permission, unless there is a lawful reason to do so, for example disclosure is necessary for crime prevention or detection purposes. Your information will be held securely and will not be retained for any longer than is necessary. There are a number of rights available to you in relation to our use of your personal information, depending on the reason for processing. Further detail about our use of your personal information can be found in the relevant Privacy Notice


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.