NORTH TAWTON NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN REFERENDUM

6th MAY 2021

 

North Tawton Neighbourhood Plan

2016-2034

‘North Tawton, embracing the past, planning the future’

The story so far

In February 2013, North Tawton Town Council applied to West Devon Borough Council (WDBC) to nominate the land area of the Parish as a Neighbourhood Planning boundary. This was approved in June 2013 and the process of drawing up the Neighbourhood Plan began. A Neighbourhood Plan Development Group was formed consisting of North Tawton Town Councillors and members of the public, including representatives of local businesses. Over the period of developing the plan (2013 – 2018) membership of this group has changed – we acknowledge the contributions of all those who have participated in this very important process.

Gaining the views and ideas from the residents of the Parish of North Tawton became central to the whole process of developing the Plan. This was done in a range of ways including a ‘Call for Sites’ process (2013-14); Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire (2014); development of aims & objectives (2014-15); themes & policies (Dec 2016); designating local green space (March 2017); Regulation 14 consultation (Dec – Jan 2017-18). Further details of the consultation process can be found in the ‘Consultation Statement’ Appendix 5.1.2.

Following the conclusion of the Regulation 14 Consultation process the Neighbourhood Plan development group collated and analysed all the comments received and amended the plan accordingly. This also included extensive discussions with WDBC who made a number of recommended amendments to the draft plan, most significantly the inclusion of allocated sites. This process inevitably took longer than anticipated due to changes in personnel within WDBC and the usual holiday periods. The Regulation 14 responses and actions taken can be found in Appendix 5.1.4.

A number of documents were prepared for submission to WDBC for the next stage of the process – Regulation 15. These included the latest revised version of the Plan, plus relevant maps and appendices; a Statement of Consultation; a Basic Conditions Statement which demonstrated that we had followed all the appropriate stages of the neighbourhood planning process; and a SEA & HRA screening report (an external assessment of the plan’s possible environmental impacts) produced by WDBC.

On receipt of these Submission Documents the Local Planning Authority (WDBC) undertook a period of public consultation with a wide range of stakeholders (people who live, work or carry on business in the Neighbourhood Plan area) as well as notifying all consultee bodies involved in this Public Consultation.

The final stage before the Referendum was the Official Examination, undertaken by a WDBC appointed person, agreed by the Development Group, who carried out an independent examination of the Neighbourhood Plan.

The Examiner considered whether the proposed Neighbourhood Plan met the basic conditions set out by law and that it:

  • had appropriate regard to national policy
  • contributed to the achievement of sustainable development
  • was in general conformity with the strategic policies in the development plan for the local area
  • was compatible with human rights requirements
  • was compatible with EU obligations

 

The Examiner submitted his findings of the Plan and concluded that

8.1     subject to the recommendations in this report being accepted, the Plan would meet the basic conditions as defined in the Localism Act 2011, Schedule 10 and Schedule 4B, 8 (2) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

 

8.2            In accordance with the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, Schedule 4B 10 (2) (b), I recommend that the modifications specified in this report are made to the draft Neighbourhood Development Plan and if accepted, the North Tawton Neighbourhood Plan 2016 – 2034 is submitted to a referendum.

 

The Examiner submitted his findings in September 2019, and following further amendments the final version was agreed by West Devon Borough Council in November 2019. North Tawton Town Council also voted in its full council meeting on November 5th 2019 to accept the Examiner’s findings.

 

The final version of the Neighbourhood Plan was made available in March 2020 with the Referendum due to take place in May 2020, however as all local elections were cancelled because of Covid-19, unfortunately the Referendum could not go ahead.

 

In the meantime the Neighbourhood Plan has continued to carry substantial material weight, which means that when NTTC and WDBC are considering planning applications the Plan’s polices are taken into consideration.

 

The Referendum is now due to take place on May 6th 2021. This will be organised by the WDBC elections unit and the local authority is required to publish information about the Neighbourhood Plan. They are required to give notice that a referendum is taking place and the date of the poll.

All official costs associated with the Referendum are borne by WDBC.

To read the latest version of the Plan please click on the link below

www.northtawtonneighbourhoodplan.co.uk.

The Plan Appendices are available as PDF documents and can be downloaded from this page. There are also appendices to the Consultation Statement which are PDF documents and can be downloaded from this page.

There are also a limited number of hard copies available to borrow from the Office.

 

THE DESIGN STATEMENT IS AVAILABLE WHEN YOU CLICK ON THE LINK TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

 

 

 

Attachments

Total Attachments: 61

Download: NTNP timetable as at December 2018.pdf (130 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.2 Consultation Statement December 2018.pdf (2 MB) Download: Appendix 5.1.4 Regulation 14 Consultation Responses and actions December 2018.pd (126 KB) Download: Appendix 5.3.1.1 Town Design Statement Appendix 1 December 2018.pdf (284 KB) Download: Appendix 5.3.1.2 Local Green Space Designation - Landowners Response December 20 (297 KB) Download: Appendix 5.3.1.5 Review of Local Green Space Criteria December 2018.pdf (77 KB) Download: Appendix 5.3.3.1 JSNA Profile E01020326 2017 at December 2018.pdf (609 KB) Download: Appendix 5.3.4.1a Site Information Pack 2014 at December 2018.pdf (3 MB) Download: Appendix 5.3.4.2 North Tawton Housing Needs Survey saved December 2018.pdf (219 KB) Download: Appendix 5.3.5.1 Transport Group Report saved December 2018.pdf (982 KB) Download: Appendix 5.3.6.1 devon-guidance-v6-june-2013-final-report (2).pdf (3 MB) Download: Appendix 5.3.6.3 KN4430_Passivhaus_Primer_WEB.pdf (1 MB) Download: Appendix 5.3.6.2 DCC_solar_farm_community_benefit_briefing_Jan_2015-1.pdf (232 KB) Download: Appendix 5.3.4.1b Site Information Pack 2016.pdf (634 KB) Download: Appendix 5.3.4.3 North Tawton Profile 2014.pdf (2 MB) Download: Appendix 5.3.4.4 JLP Site Assessment Matrix using SEA Criteria.pdf (408 KB) Download: Appendix 5.3.4.5 North Tawton Site Assessment Matrix using SEA Criteria.pdf (290 KB) Download: Appendix 5.3.4.6 Devon Home Choice Housing Needs Bands A-E.pdf (163 KB) Download: Appendix 5.3.4.7 Private Rear Amenity Size Analysis North Tawton.pdf (343 KB) Download: Appendix 5.3.4.8 Density of Dwellings.pdf (310 KB) Download: Appendix 5.3.1.4 North Tawton Conservation Area Appraisal - Draft John Fisher.pd (8 MB) Download: Appendix 5.1.1 North_Tawton_Application_Details Designation (2 MB) Download: Appendix 5.1.1.18 North Tawton Neighbourhood Plan Group response to West Devon response to Reg 16 (367 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.2.1 Businesss & organisations Dec 2014 (77 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.2.2 poster for aims etc meeting 21st March 2015 (253 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.2.3 Results of CfS public voting as handout (277 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.2.6 SurveySummary_06132014-1 (563 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.2.7 Results of Questionnaire - Power point summary (284 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.2.8 Roundabout article Consultion event Dec 2016 (325 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.2.9 Press Release for Dec 2016 Consultation Event (204 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.2.9 Press Release for Dec 2016 Consultation Event (204 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.2.10 Dec 10th 2016 Consultation event - poster (298 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.2.10 Dec 10th 2016 Consultation event - poster-1 (298 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.2.10 Dec 10th 2016 Consultation event - poster-3 (298 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.2.11 Feedback from forms Consultion Event Dec 2016 (1 MB) Download: Appendix 5.1.2.12 Feedback from Post It Notes Consultaion Event Dec 16 (357 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.2.13 Feedback from Stickies Consultaion Events Dec 16 (357 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.2.14 Consultation feedback notice (421 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.2.15 Evidence gathering letter and form groups (141 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.2.16 Evidence Gathering grid June 2016 (218 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.2.17 LGS Designation - Response from landowners (443 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.2.18 LGS Designation - Residents' views Appendix CH3 (208 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.2.19 NP comments form Reg 14 (346 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.2.20 NP Letter re Regulation 14 (345 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.2.21 NP Reg 14 Media release (311 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.2.22 Reg 14 Article for Roundabout (324 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.2.23 NP drop in poster Reg 14 (219 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.2.24 Consultees & contact email Regulation 14 (528 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.2.27 South Hams District Council Response to regulation 16 (632 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.2.28 North Tawton Neighbourhood Plan Group response to West Devon response to Reg 16 (369 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.2.29 Examiner's Report (634 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.2.30 NTNP Group response to Examiner's report (629 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.3 Final North Tawton SEAHRA March 2019 (800 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.4 Regulation 14 Consultation Responses and actions (126 KB) Download: Appendix 5.1.4 Regulation 14 Consultation Responses and Actions-1 (122 KB) Download: Appendix 5.3.1.3 Local Green Space Residents' responses (209 KB) Download: Appendix 5.3.1.4 North Tawton Conservation Area Appraisal - Draft John Fisher (8 MB) Download: Appendix 5.3.1.5 Review of Local Green Space Criteria. (131 KB) Download: Conditions statement November 19 (554 KB) Download: List of Appendices for Consultation Statement (94 KB) Download: NTNP Equality Impact Assessment (471 KB)