Deadline looming for Exmouth Neighbourhood Plan consultation

PUBLISHED: 12:33 29 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:48 29 March 2018

Roy Pryke.

Roy Pryke.

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Interested organisations and residents have until Monday, April 9, to respond to the latest consultation on the Exmouth Neighboruhood Plan.

The latest deadline for a vision for Exmouth’s future is looming.

The emerging Exmouth Neighbourhood Plan is in the pre-submission consultation phase, with statutory consultees such as Natural England and South West Water being approached for their views on the document.

These organisations have until Monday, April 9, to have their say on the plan, which will set out how residents want the town to look for years to come.

Roy Pryke, chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan steering group, said that, while this stage is primarily to give statutory consultees a chance to comment, input from the public is still welcome.

He added: “This is what is called the pre-submission consultation, particularly aimed at ensuring that all the statutory consultees have been alerted that this is their last chance to make a statement to us.

“People are understandably trying to tweak a little bit the comments they have made before.”

The steering group is already going through the responses it has received so far.

Mr Pryke told the Journal that, once the deadline has passed, the steering group will ‘conscientiously consider’ the comments that come in.

Once any changes are made as a result of this latest consultation, the Neighbourhood Plan will go to East Devon District Council (EDDC) where it will be scrutinised by an independent examiner.

The feedback from this stage will then be fed back to the steering committee, which will consider any changes suggested.

It is hoped that the plan can then go to a public referendum in the autumn, when residents will be asked whether they accept the Neighbourhood Plan.

If more than 50 per cent say ‘yes’, the Neighbourhood Plan will return to EDDC to be adopted and will then have to be referred to whenever planning applications are made for Exmouth.

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