Strong response to Exmouth Neighbourhood Plan consultation
PUBLISHED: 09:17 04 October 2017
Members of the Exmouth Neighbourhood Plan steering group are considering comments made about the draft plan, after a month of consultation came to an end.
A document with draft proposals for the town went out for feedback after nearly two years of preparation, with a consultation event held at Ocean in Queen’s Drive; residents were also able to view the proposals and comment online.
At this week’s Exmouth Town Council meeting, Councillor Pauline Stott, a member of the plan steering group, said the results of the consultation were now being considered.
She said: “At Ocean on September 19, 370 people took part. I think it was one of the most successful days in Exmouth we have had.
“The [online consultation] video I think has had 35,000 people view it, which is absolutely amazing.
“The social media is going very well.
“We’re very, very pleased with what we have done. At the moment we are going through the comment forms and seeing whether there is anything we have left out of the neighbourhood plan.”
Exmouth mayor Councillor Brian Cole, who was at Ocean on the day of the consultation event, said: “The majority coming out were saying they were amazed at how much work had been put into the plan, and they were right behind it. I think it’s been a very positive thing to do.”
Cllr Stott added that thanks were due to Roy Pryke, Ian Cann, Keith Bungay and Dave Radford, the members of the draft outline plan group.
She said: “The document that has been produced is equal to the East Devon Local Plan really, because the information that is in that document is very valuable.”
Once the feedback has been considered by the steering group, the next stage will be a round of pre-submission consultation with planning consultees, and with East Devon District Council, to ensure the proposals are legally sound.
An independent examiner would then be appointed to advise on any modifications, before the final say is given to Exmouth residents, who would vote on the plan in a yes/no referendum, expected to take place in spring next year.
If adopted, the plan would run until 2031.