Council to review impact of Neighbourhood Plan on local development decisions

Localism in action.

There are 21 Neighbourhood Plans already adopted (“made” in planning speak) with another 19 in preparation. They all have to conform to the National Planning Policy Framework and the East Devon Local plan. Theoretically any planning decision should take an adopted plan into account.

There are 63 town and parish councils in East Devon. Neighbourhood Plans take a lot of effort and dedication to produce involving the whole community. Two thirds of these councils have felt the need to make this effort. Does this tell us something?

Bishop’s Clyst Parish Council is asking an interesting question.

Other councils surely need to be doing the same. – Owl

Bishops Clyst Neighbourhood Plan Review – Questionnaire

Five years on the Parish Council has decided that it is time to review the Neighbourhood Plan to see what effect it has had on local development decisions and consider whether parts of it need to be updated.

We want to hear the views of everybody in the parish about the type and scale of development that you think is appropriate for our area and amenities that you would like to see in the parish. This is your chance to influence what goes into the Review. There is still time to share your thoughts on the Bishops Clyst Neighbourhood Plan by completing a Questionnaire. We need your response by 8 November.

The Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire can be found online and submitted electronically at

One thought on “Council to review impact of Neighbourhood Plan on local development decisions

  1. In theory, the policies in the Bishops Clyst Neighbourhood and the East Devon Local Plans should be prioritised and given significant consideration in planning decision-making, especially since so much local effort and dedication is expended in producing Neighbourhood Plans, with a view to providing an opportunity for communities to set out a positive vision for how they want their community to develop in future.
    Neighbourhood planning should provide a set of tools for local people to choose where they want new homes, shops and offices built, have their say on what those buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided.

    Unfortunately, in practice this local vision can be disregarded by just 16 members of EDDC’s Planning Committee on recommendation from their professional planners, resulting in 200 local objections being ignored to outline proposals submitted at Winslade Park, Clyst St Mary, in favour of unproven, economic benefits offered by the Developers.

    However, local people are resilient, so they continue to have faith that democracy will work in their favour, by reviewing and updating their Neighbourhood Plan in the hope that next time the decision-makers will listen!

    Well done to all East Devon communities who believe in the process of localism – keep the faith – but there is obviously despondency throughout Clyst St Mary that their views were spurned on the future of their valued village which will, no doubt, have an effect on the numbers of locals answering this Questionnaire.


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