Deadline looms to have say on Dunkeswell's Neighbourhood Plan

PUBLISHED: 15:00 09 May 2017

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Final comments need to be made tomorrow (May 10).

Residents living in Dunkeswell only have until tomorrow to have their say on the Neighbourhood Plan, which Dunkeswell Parish Council has submitted to East Devon District Council (EDDC).

A Neighbourhood Plan is a planning policy document that will be used by the district council’s development management team when considering planning applications within the parish.

EDDC is formally required to consult on the Plan for six weeks before it goes to an independent examiner, who will inspect the plan against a series of ‘basic conditions’ that the plan must meet.

If the examiner concludes that the plan meets the basic conditions it will proceed to a local referendum, where should more than half of the electors in the local area vote in favour of the plan, it will become part of the statutory development plan for East Devon.

The consultation runs until the 10 May 2017 and the content of any representations received will be made publicly available on the website with copies also sent to the Examiner for consideration.

The Dunkeswell Plan has been under production since October 2012 by a small group of local volunteers and tackles a variety of topics, including protecting the countryside, promoting live-work units and supporting the continued use of the Dunkeswell Airfield.

If the examination is successful, it will go to a local community referendum.

This is the eighth neighbourhood plan in East Devon to reach this stage of the process following a recent flurry of activity.

Mark Williams, chief executive of EDDC, said: “I want to congratulate all those involved in working on the Dunkeswell Neighbourhood plan.

“Having read the final draft it sets out very clearly the planning policies, which support the aim of ‘vibrant, resilient and sustainable community’. “It seems to strike the right balance between economic growth and the preservation of the countryside. I look forward to watching it progress to referendum and, hopefully, adoption.”

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