District council consultation on Exmouth Neighbourhood Plan is open

PUBLISHED: 16:25 27 September 2018

People have until Wednesday, October 17, to formally submit their views on the vision for the town’s future.

Exmouth Town Council has now submitted the draft neighbourhood plan to East Devon District Council (EDDC) which is required to consult on the blueprint document for the town’s future for a period of six weeks.

EDDC planners have been consulted and their recommended changes to the wording of the document - which could set out how Exmouth looks in the future - will go before the cabinet committee on Wednesday (October 3).

Officers have suggested that this response be ratified and that the plan’s steering group be congratulated for their ‘dedicated hard work and commitment’ in producing the document.

District councillor Bruce de Saram, EDDC lead councillor for neighbourhood planning, ward member for Littleham and deputy mayor said: “I am very pleased to see the progress made by my colleagues in Exmouth on the production of our Neighbourhood Plan.

“The submitted version of the Neighbourhood Plan is the result of a great deal of hard work by volunteer steering group members, working to deliver local objectives, informed by extensive public engagement and consultation.

“I would like to add thanks to cllr Mark Williamson for his hard work and continued commitment as a key member of the steering group.

“Cllr Williamson has expressed his delight at the Plan’s submission, representing the culmination of over three years’ hard work.

“We would both like to congratulate the steering group on the production of a Neighbourhood Plan, which with the support of the local community will serve Exmouth Parish for many years to come.”

Once the consultation has finished, the plan, along with any comments, will go before an independent examiner and should they be happy with it a referendum will be called for residents to decide whether they accept the document.

It is hoped this public vote will take place in spring 2019.

If more than 50 per cent say yes, the neighbourhood plan will be used by EDDC’s planners when considering applications within the parish.

People can have their say on the plan by clicking here

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