Issue of the Consultation Draft of the Neighbourhood Plan for the Parishes of Ottery St Mary and West Hill.

The draft Neighbourhood Plan for the parishes of Ottery St Mary and West Hill has now been completed to draft stage and will be ready as soon as the working party has completed a little more work required before it can go to public consultation.

Over the past two years The Ottery St Mary and West Hill Working Group has held consultations with the public and gathered evidence for the plan. East Devon District Council have had an initial, informal review of it and indicated some minor amendments which are now been addressed.

The working party held a meeting in January to discuss any issues that they have with the draft. There is a few which we are now seeking expert advice on. It is intended that it will be published when ready on Ottery St Mary Town Councils website and hard copies will be available to view at the council offices by appointment. There will also be dates publicized in the New Year for various venues where the public can come and see the draft and read the policies, meet members of the working group with a suggestion box for any issues and suggested amendments which will be more than welcome.

This consultation period will last for a period of six weeks.

During this time other statutory consultees will be consulted and any relevant landowners and community organizations that may be affected by the plan will also be indentified and consulted.

Following the 6 week consultation the feedback received will need to be summarised in a report and put alongside the feedback from the initial workshops held during September and October 2015.

The final neighbourhood plan along with the consultation feedback and amendments will then be sent back to East Devon District Council for consultation with an independent identified examiner. We hope to be ready to do this in April 2017. After any modifications the examiner suggests we hope to go to a public referendum in may-June 2017 and have our plan in place soon after.

So look out for further up dates in the New Year.

Cllr. Jo Talbot

Chair of the Neighbourhood Plan

Exhibition material from the 30th January Neighbourhood Plan event

Please refer to the Exhibition Boards material in the above link and then complete and return the short Feedback Form (link below) to

Feedback Form

Neighbourhood Plan

Understanding Neighbourhood Planning Video

Town Plan

West Hill Village Design Statement

Tipton St John Village Design Statement














Ottery St Mary Parish Neighbourhood Plan Timeline:

September 2015 – Launch consultation events across the Parish

September to December 2015 – Assess evidence base and feedback from consultation – BE INVOLVED, GET IN TOUCH IF YOU CAN HELP?

January/February 2016 – Conclusions and feedback consultation workshop OPEN TO ALL – LOOK OUT FOR CONFIRMATION OF DATE/TIME IN DUE COURSE

Spring/summer 2016 – Prepare Draft Neighbourhood Plan

September 2016 – Consultation on Draft Neighbourhood Plan (6 weeks)/Ottery-St-Mary-Town-Council/UserFiles/Files/NP Minutes April 16.pdf

November 2016 – Submission on Neighbourhood Plan to East Devon District Council

Early 2017 – Examination feedback from East Devon and Referendum on the Plan!


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2015 Minutes



















 2016 Minutes