Feniton’s Neighbourhood Plan kicks off

Feniton Parish Council hosted a public meeting in the village hall on Thursday evening to start the process of organising a Neighbourhood Plan.

A Neighbourhood Plan is similar to the Village Plan which was completed in 2007, except that it carries considerably more weight. The scheme is encouraged by the Coalition Government as part of its Localism agenda and runs alongside the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and East Devon District Council’s Local Plan.

Guest speaker, Stuart Todd of Stuart Todd Associates (www.stuarttoddassociates.co.uk) addressed the meeting outlining why a Neighbourhood Plan is important for the community in order for it to have a real say in how the area will look in the coming 20 years.

The Parish Council sees the writing of the plan, which has to be approved by a Planning Inspector, as the only way to prevent the crushing pressure of inappropriate development endured by the village over the last few years and culminating in the ‘Super Inquiry’ in January this year.

Many witnessed at first hand the unedifying sight of three developers squabbling over the spoils in the village before Planning Inspector, Jessica Graham.

At this stage, the Parish Council is setting up a steering group to lead the process, but Stuart Todd emphasised that the plan is a community initiative and consultation with village residents throughout the process is essential.

The Parish Council welcomes those who would like to get involved in formulating the plan and were delighted to welcome residents with expertise in social housing, systems analysis and one with a thorough knowledge of community engagement. These skills will be invaluable in the plan-making process, but Chairman, Martyn Smith, is keen to hear from anyone with an interest in the future of the village.

Keep an eye on Feniton Parish Council’s website (http://fenitonparishcouncil.wordpress.com/) or the parish magazine for further information, or pop down to the Parish Council meetings which are held at 7.30 pm on the second Monday of the month in the village hall annex for a full update as the plan progresses.

For further details, contact:

Parish clerk on feniton.parish.clerk@live.co.uk or telephone 07842 041798
Martyn Smith, Chairman of the Parish Council on Martyn@feniton.org.uk or telephone 01404 850322
Nick Spence, Vice Chairman of the Parish Council on 01404 850226

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