“Budleigh Neighbourhood Plan gets 95 per cent approval
Budleigh Salterton is set to become the first town in East Devon to have their neighbourhood plan implimented after 95 per cent voted in favour of adopting the blueprint document
The Budleigh Salterton community has given its backing to a plan which lays out how the town could look in the future.
Residents went to the polls on Wednesday (September 6) on Budleigh’s Neighbourhood Plan.
Voters were asked to say yes or no to the question: ‘Do you want East Devon District Council (EDDC) to use the Neighbourhood Plan (NP) for Budleigh Salterton to help decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?
Some 94.7 per cent of the 1,320 who voted said yes while 5.3 per cent voted no with two ballot papers spoiled. There was a turnout of 31 per cent.
The plan will now go back to EDDC cabinet to me ‘made’. This will make Budleigh the first town in East Devon to successfully complete the Neighbourhood Plan process.
When the document gets rubber-stamped by EDDC, it will have to be referred to alongside the East Devon Local Plan, when any planning applications are considered.
Town mayor Alan Dent said: “This will help control future development, will support businesses and will really help in securing a viable future for the town.
“The NP will also protect the character and history of Budleigh which is loved and admired by both residents and visitors. … ”