Guide Neighbourhood Plans being produced in East Devon

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31. Payhembury (made)


On the 5 June 2019, Cabinet resolved to ‘make’ the Payhembury 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 13 June 2019. This was following the successful referendum on 2 May 2019, where 82% of residents who voted were in favour of adopting the Plan.

The Adoption Statement and Compliance Statement are available to view.

The Adopted version of the Payhembury Neighbourhood Plan is available to view.


A neighbourhood planning referendum was held for the Payhembury Neighbourhood Development Plan on 2 May 2019. More than half of those who voted were in favour of the neighbourhood plan.  The question in the referendum was:

"Do you want East Devon District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Payhembury 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: 42.25%

The Declaration of Results is available to download.

Key documents relating to the neighbourhood planning referendum are available below:

Neighbourhood Plan (Referendum Version)

Decision Statement


Mary O'Rourke was appointed to examine the Payhembury Neighbourhood Plan.  The process commenced on 3 December 2018. 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:

Examiner's Procedural Matters Payhembury
Payhembury Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group's response to the Examiner's initial questions
EDDC's response to the Examiner's initial questions

Payhembury Submission of Plan to Local Authority - Regulation 16

Payhembury Parish Council as the qualifying body prepared and submitted the Payhembury Neighbourhood Development Plan to East Devon District Council. The plan consultation period ended on 30 November 2018.

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

Devon and Cornwall Police
East Devon District Council
Environment Agency
Gladman Developments Ltd
Highways England
Historic England
Wood on behalf of National Grid
Natural England
Respondent 1
South West Water

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

Payhembury Neighbourhood Plan Area Map
Payhembury Neighbourhood Plan Submission Version
Payhembury Basic Conditions Statement
Payhembury Consultation Statement
Payhembury Consultation Statement Appendix 1
Payhembury Consultation Statement Appendix 2
Payhembury Screening Report

Neighbourhood Area Designation

Payhembury Parish Council requested that the whole of their parish be designated a Neighbourhood Area. The designation was approved on the 31 March 2016.

For further information please select the links below:

Payhembury application form

Payhembury map

Payhembury publicity notice

Natural England Response

Historic England Response

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