Date set for Budleigh’s Neighbourhood Plan referendum

PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 July 2017

Blueprints and a house. Picture: Thinkstock Exmouth Journal

Blueprints and a house. Picture: Thinkstock Exmouth Journal

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Town will go to the polls in September, at the Public Hall, to decide whether to accept the plan.

Budleigh Salterton residents are being urged to say ‘yes’ to a document which could protect the look of the town in the future.

A referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan has been announced for Wednesday, September 6, at the Public Hall, Station Road.

Voters will be asked whether they accept the neighbourhood plan as the blueprint for how the town should look until 2031.

Neighbourhood Plan steering group chairman Roger Sheriff said: “It’s important that people vote yes because it gives the town protection until 2031.

“That means that any planning applications really have to take into account the Neighbourhood Plan.”

The referendum was called after East Devon District Council’s cabinet agreed to accept the recommendations of an independent examiner.

Mr Sheriff added: “We’re delighted it’s gone to the referendum stage.

“We have gone through all the hurdles now – the final step is for the community to agree the plan.”

One of the recommendations made was to reduce the amount of green space at the former hospital garden in Boucher Road to 50 per cent. Previously, the plan had looked to protect the full site.

The land, which had been earmarked for activities by the new health and wellbeing hub being built on the site of former hospital, is subject to a planning application to build two homes on half the site.

Mr Sheriff also said: “Now that we have got people voting for the plan, it will give the hospital garden double protection.

For the plan to be officially ‘made’ the document needs more than 50 per cent of those who vote in the referendum to back it.


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