After nearly two years of public consultations, the Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group are pleased to announce an important stage in the statutory process which steers us towards the legal status of an adopted and Made Plan. Please note that as of 28th February, the start of the six-week statutory consultation period, the Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan has now formally entered the statutory stage of ‘Emerging Plan’.
Our consultations have been extensive, involving all households in our Designated Area, businesses, special interest groups and young people with the support of our schools. We have had the full support of the Sidmouth Herald in publicising our surveys and the issues involved, and have maintained this website, and sidvalleyneighbourhoodplan.com, where reports from all our consultations can be accessed.
As part of the consultation process you are now invited to review the pre-submission plan and, if you wish, make representations using the form which you can find here.
The Plan is available to view online at www.sidmouth.gov.uk/index.php/neighbourhood-plan or above on this website.
Hard copies of the plan can also be viewed at Sidmouth Town Council, Woolcombe House, Sidmouth, EDDC, The Knowle Sidmouth and Sidmouth Library.
Place Analysis The second part of the Plan is an extensive Place Analysis commissioned by the Steering Group which contains design guidance for developers of any new housing or of refurbishments of existing buildings. This design guidance would apply for instance to any proposals that come forward for the Drill Hall at Port Royal.
Public Meeting The Steering Group have planned a public meeting at All Saints Church Hall on 21st March from 3.00pm – 6.30pm Members of the Steering Group will be available to answer any questions the public may have.
The six-week consultation runs from 28th February 2018 to 12th April 2018 after which no further comments will be taken into account.
Comments and responses should be submitted via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or by post to:
SVNP, Sidmouth Town Council,
Devon EX10 9BB
Please be aware that all comments and responses will be made publicly available via the Neighbourhood Plan website and afterwards via an archive link held at Sidmouth Town Council Offices.
This information is provided under Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.
The Sid Valley Steering Group is made up of a group of 9 volunteers from our community including 3 Sidmouth Town Councillors, we are also supported by an administrator.
The Steering Group are working on behalf of the community supported by Sidmouth Town Council who are the responsible authority for our plan. Sidmouth Town Council are supporting the plan process financially along with a grant from central government and a further grant from East Devon District Council to ensure we are able to involve the community through many different consultations which are needed to develop the plan.
Through our neighbourhood plan we are “Shaping our Future Together” and we hope that you will join us to tell others, have your say in our community consultations and collectively make a positive difference over the next 15 to 20 years; “Making the Sid Valley an even better place to live and visit.”
Once the Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan is ready as a draft document, it will be consulted upon and changed in the light of the comments received. It will be submitted then to East Devon District Council who will consult again on the submitted version, after which it will then go to an independent examiner who if he/she is satisfied it meets the statutory requirements it will then go to a referendum – a simple Yes vote will mean that our plan is officially ‘made’. At this point it becomes a part of the statutory planning process – so gives the local community real influence.
This is a first for the Sid Valley – and we are excited to see how the community voice is already singing loudly to protect and promote what is valued. It is heartening to see to that collectively we are working through the challenges to both balance the needs of our whole community and to meet the need to prosper and thrive.
The Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan website aims to keep you informed, allows you to read as much or as little as you want to and keeps everyone up to date with our latest developments.
The links here will take you to the national sites that have all the information you may need to find out more about the Neighbourhood Plan process, the legislation behind it and to see what other communities are up to with their Neighbourhood Plans…