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HONITON: Council to consider Neighbourhood Plan

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Honiton town councillors are to consider the options for adopting a Neighbourhood Plan that could give the council more control over the future development of the town.
At the February meeting of the council’s policy committee, councillors were briefed on the possible benefits of producing a detailed plan for the town, in which they could outline areas that could be protected from development.
The process would involve consultation with the community to design a plan that could guide the future shape and design of Honiton.
Greg Davies, from Community Council for Devon, who explained the process to councillors last week, said: “The idea of the Neighbourhood Plan is to give local communities greater influence over planning decisions within their area.
“The plan can enable the town council to affect a range of issues, including housing decisions, the protection of existing open spaces or making provision for more open spaces.”
Should the town council choose to develop a Neighbourhood Plan for Honiton, it would involve a lengthy process of public consultation and drafting of designs, which must be in general conformity with the East Devon Local Plan and the National Planning Policy Framework.
An accepted plan would then be put to the community in the form of a straightforward ‘yes/no’ referendum.
East Devon District Councillor Mike Allen said: “The Neighbourhood Plan can be useful in elements of design, and could enable us to define particular areas that we do not want disturbed. It could give us more control.”


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