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Exbourne Neighbourhood Plan

Why are we doing this?

You may be aware that Plymouth City Council, South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council (‘WDBC’) have decided to work together to produce a single Local Plan covering their areas – a Joint Local Plan (‘JLP’).  The emerging JLP identifies a need for a minimum of 300 new houses across West Devon’s 20 main villages, including Exbourne, for the period to 2034.

The Government’s Localism Act 2011 (part 6/3) introduced new powers for people to make neighbourhood plans and neighbourhood planning orders, with reduced interference from central government.  These new powers are in addition to existing opportunities for community involvement, which are already part of the planning system.  The legislation came into effect in April 2012:

“Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area.  They are able to choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built, have their say on what those new buildings should look like, what infrastructure should be provided and grant planning permission for the new buildings they want to see go ahead.  Neighbourhood planning provides a powerful set of tools for local people to ensure that they get the right types of development for their community where the ambition of the neighbourhood is aligned with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider local area”.

In order to deliver the required housing across West Devon's villages, the emerging JLP suggests devolving responsibility for the allocation of housing sites to neighbourhood plans in the first instance.  A neighbourhood plan for Exbourne would reflect the needs and values of the whole community and allow us to have an influence over development of the village.  It would have the same legal status as the JLP, meaning it would have statutory weight when planning applications are considered.