What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
What will change because of it?
We have pretty much finished our final draft version but before we publish it and submit it for formal review we are presenting the basic version for public consultation This presentation is now on our Consultation page. We would like your feedback - have we got it right?
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. We feel this describes what we are trying to achieve with this Neighbourhood Plan. It can be applied to any aspect of the town but we have applied it the topics and issues which were identified by the various surveys we conducted at the start of this process.
We are about three quarters 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.
The results and analysis from our surveys and reports can be seen on our "Evidence" page.
In 2016 we employed a consultant to help us to write the policies and the draft "Neighbourhood Plan".
2017 was largely spent waiting for MDDC to get its new Local Plan approved as our policies are designed to work alongside this.
We are aproaching the final stages:
The 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".