Budleigh neighbourhood plan gets green light

PUBLISHED: 17:00 09 October 2017

Budleigh Salterton High Street. Ref exb 18-16SH 2918. Picture: Simon Horn.

Budleigh Salterton High Street. Ref exb 18-16SH 2918. Picture: Simon Horn.

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East Devon District Council ratify Budleigh's neighbourhood plan meaning planners will have to refer to the community-led document for the next 14 years.

Budleigh Salterton has become the first town in East Devon to have its neighbourhood plan ‘made’.

The plan which sets out how the town could look for the next 14 years was ratified by East Devon District Council cabinet.

The final acceptance of the plan is the culmination of two years work by steering group volunteers to create a future vision for Budleigh.

District council planners will now have to refer to the blueprint document, as well as the East Devon Local Plan, when deciding planning applications.

Town mayor Alan Dent said the ratified plan gives Budleigh a ‘well thought out’ vision for the future.

He said: “The neighbourhood plan covers a variety of aspects including sustainable development, support for local businesses, protection of the environment and protection of our historical assets.

“The Plan works in conjunction with the district Local Plan and has given a voice to local people to determine how they would like their town to develop until 2031.

“As none of us has a crystal ball I would expect to see the neighbourhood plan reviewed periodically to allow for events that couldn’t be foreseen when the plan was produced.”

Cllr Dent also thanked neighbourhood plan steering group chairman Roger Sheriff for their ‘excellent’ work.

Roger added that the steering group will be in discussion with the town council about how and when the plan is reviewed moving forward.

He said: “The Steering Group are delighted that EDDC Cabinet have formally ‘made’ the plan.

“I would like to thank the members of the steering group for their hard work and support over the last two years.

“The final plan is testimony to their professionalism and dedication.

“We will be in discussion shortly with Budleigh Salterton Town Council to develop a system for monitoring the implementation of the neighbourhood plan and assessing its effectiveness.

“We will discuss the timescale for the review of the plan at the same time.”

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