What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
What will change because of it?
We have a Facebook page and a Twitter account which we try and keep as up to date as possible. The website carries news and updates but is also the main resource location for anyone with an interest in the Neighbourhood Plan. The "Links" page is new (compared to our old website) and provides links to other Neighbourhood Plans and our "Evidence" page links to the various documents we have commissioned or have referenced.
The Neighbourhood Plan is being lead by the Town Council but is being driven by the "Steering Group" which is made up of Town Councillors, Focus Group leaders, representatives of local organisations and various individuals with relevant skills or knowledge.
"make it work better" is our vision statement. As we get further into the process we may refine this but at the moment we feel this describes what we are trying to achieve with this Neighbourhood Plan.
We are about half of the way through the process.
Having decided to proceed with a Neighbourhood Plan in October 2013 it wasn't until July 2014 that the area boundary was formally accepted by MDDC.
In late 2014 we created formal Focus Groups to look into specific issues within the town.
In early 2015 we surveyed virtually every household in Crediton. We also surveyed school children of various ages in the 3 schools. High Street businesses and businesses on the Industrial Estate also had their own surveys.
We are working on presenting the results of these surveys and the conclusions we can draw from them.
We have now analysed our surveys and these reports can be seen on our "Evidence" page.
We have started drafting our policies and writing the background material that goes into the NP.
We have a long way to go yet...and lots to do!
We are employing a consultant to help us to write the policies and the draft "Neighbourhood Plan".
This draft plan goes through various stages of being tested and scrutinised.
Eventually the Plan will go before an independent inspector and a referendum before being (hopefully) passed and "made".