What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

It is community-led planning document that will influence development in your area over the next 15 or so years.

• It gives the community a voice in planning related decision making by capturing what is important to them about the place they live and how they want it to look in the future.

• Once adopted, the policies become part of the Development Plan and holds legal weight in planning decisions.

• The Local Plan covers the District, a Neighbourhood Plan covers a specific neighbourhood – in our case the parishes of Sidmouth, Sidford, Sidbury and Salcombe Regis.

• Since April 2010, local authorities have been able to charge a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) on any new development with an internal floorspace of over 100 square metres. The CIL, once collected on development, can then be used to provide or improve infrastructure, and to then operate or maintain this infrastructure. Having a Neighbourhood Plan in place means that 25 % of the CIL money collected by EDDC in respect of development that has taken place in the Sid Valley will be made available to Sidmouth Town Council to spend locally.

• A Neighbourhood Plan cannot be used to stop growth but it can direct and shape development. Neighbourhood Plan cannot propose lower levels of growth than that in the Local Plan but it may identify additional opportunities for development.

• A Neighbourhood Plan can identify community priorities. e.g. Cycle paths, promoting transport needs, protect heritage sites etc.