Neighbourhood Watch: Examiner proposes changes to Devon AONB plan's housing policy

An examiner has recommended that a neighbourhood plan in a Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) should amend its housing policy.

Membury, Devon. Pic: Getty Images
Membury, Devon. Pic: Getty Images

The draft Membury Neighbourhood Plan sets out development goals in the large rural parish in the north eastern part of East Devon between 2018 and 2031.

The plan's policy H1 originally allowed only a maximum of 10 to 15 new build properties across the parish.

However, the examiner Andrew Mead recommended that this be amended so that new homes are built in the village of Membury rather than elsewhere in the parish and stated that a maximum of 15 dwellings are allowed.

The plan-making body Membury Parish Council has accepted the recommendation but cut the maximum new homes limit to 10.

The local planning authority East Devon District Council said it supports this reduction in principle, subject to a consultation on the post-examination changes to the plan, which will be carried out until 10 January 2020.

If no substantive objections are received, the plan can then proceed to a referendum in spring 2020, according to East Devon Council. 

Membury's AONB location means new development would usually be prohibited. 

Further information about the neighbourhood plan can be found here

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