Guide Neighbourhood Plans being produced in East Devon

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33. Rockbeare (made)


A report was taken to Cabinet on the 3 October 2018 recommending that the Rockbeare Neighbourhood Plan be 'made' so that it forms part of the Development Plan for East Devon.  The date of 'making' the Plan is 11 October 2018. This is following the successful referendum on 6 September 2018 where 91.07% of residents who voted were in favour of adopting the Plan.

The  Decision Statement and Compliance Statement are available to view.

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


The Rockbeare Neighbourhood Plan referendum was undertaken on the 6 September 2018 where voters were asked the question:

"Do you want East Devon District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Rockbeare 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: 31.51%

The Declaration of the Result is available to download.

The supporting referendum documents can be seen below:

 The Rockbeare Neighbourhood Plan (Referendum Version) is now available to view.

Notice of Referendum


Rockbeare Decision Statement

Information for Voters

Final Report

Table of Comments



Bob Yuille has now completed the examination of the the Rockbeare Neighbourhood Plan (which commenced on 16 April 2018). The Examiner's Final Report is available to view. 

The correspondence below was received by the Examiner on 10 May 2018:

Email from Waddeton Park.

Minutes of the extra ordinary meeting of the council held at Knowle, Sidmouth on 26 March 2015.

Following an initial assessment, Bob Yuille produced a Procedural Matters document including questions to Rockbeare 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.

An extract from the West End Inset Map of the East Devon Local Plan 2013-2031, centred on Rockbeare as referenced in EDDC's response is available to view.

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

Rockbeare Parish Council's Policy Rock05 Views Report is available to view.

Rockbeare Submission of Plan to Local Authority - Regulation 16

Rockbeare Parish Council as the qualifying body have prepared and submitted the Rockbeare 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
Anonymous comment
Aylesbeare Parish Council
Cranbrook Town Council
David Lock Associates for Hallam Land Management Limited, Taylor Wimpey Homes and Persimmon Homes
Dorset County Council
East Devon District Council
Gladman Developments Ltd
Highways England
Historic England
Natural England
PCL Planning for Waddeton Park Ltd
South Somerset District Council
South West Water
Sport England
Woodland Trust 

Rockbeare notice of publication

Rockbeare Neighbourhood Plan consultation comment form

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

Rockbeare Neighbourhood Plan
Rockbeare Consultation Statement
Rockbeare Basic Conditions Statement

Neighbourhood Area Designation

Rockbeare Parish Council requested that part of their parish be designated a neighbourhood area.  The area was designated on 3 September 2014.

Rockbeare application form

Rockbeare publicity notice

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