Residents to go to polls over East Budleigh’s plan
PUBLISHED: 16:46 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:46 15 May 2017
People in East Budleigh are being urged to have their say on a blueprint for how the village will look in the next 14 years.
Residents will go to the polls at East Budleigh Village Hall on Thursday, May 25, in a ‘yes’ or no ‘vote’ to decide whether to accept the Neighbourhood Plan.
If the plan gets at least 51 per cent of the vote, it will go back to East Devon District Council (EDDC) to be officially ‘made’.
Planners will need to refer to the document, as well as the Local Plan, when EDDC is considering development applications for East Budleigh.
Dr Stanley Roberts, who has been heading up the team putting the plan together, said: “The East Budleigh with Bicton Neighbourhood Plan has taken two years to put together. It establishes a vision for the future of the Parish.
“Legally, if over half of the vote is ‘yes’, that would be enough to validate the document.
“However, it is very important to have a good turnout of parishioners in order clearly to show that the plan enjoys widespread support in the community.”
Mark Williams, EDDC’s chief executive, said: “We are encouraging all residents eligible to vote in the area to ensure they are registered and to turn out to vote on the day. I am delighted that the East Budleigh with Bicton Neighbourhood Plan has reached referendum stage.
“The steering group has shown a huge commitment to this task and has reached this important milestone in a very short period of time.
“The Plan will help to shape the future of these communities for years to come and I hope that all eligible to vote will study it carefully and take part in the ballot.”
If the plan is ratified, it will mean that residential development in the East Budleigh with Bicton parish will have to be ‘sympathetic’ to the character of existing buildings.It will also mean green spaces and community facilities will be protected. The development of small businesses in East Budleigh would also be supported.
People can view the Neighbourhood Plan by visiting www.eastbudleigh-pc.gov.uk
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