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Neighbourhood plan press release

Have your say about a Neighbourhood Plan for Chudleigh

Chudleigh Town Council has submitted an application for their whole town to be designated as a Neighbourhood Area with a view to producing a Neighbourhood Plan.

Local people who live and work in and around Chudleigh are being invited to comment on the application to create a Neighbourhood Plan for Chudleigh.

The consultation runs for four weeks from Friday 29th July 2016 until 4.30pm Tuesday 30th August2016.

A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led process for guiding the future development, regeneration and conservation of an area and is about letting the people who know about and care for an area plan for it.

The plan may contain aims, planning policies and proposals for improving the area or providing new community, sport and leisure facilities. It can be used to help decide where things should take place and to identify and protect important local green spaces.

A steering group, chaired by Cllr Mike Underwood , is leading the process of establishing a plan. The group includes representatives from local businesses, residents, community organisations, town and district councillors and the local school.

It will complement other development plans for the area, including Teignbridge’s Local Plan, once it is passed by an examiner and ratified by the community through a referendum.

Cllr John Goodey, Teignbridge District Council's Executive Spokesperson for Community Neighbourhoods, said:

“People who live and work in Chudleigh can get involved and give their views about a plan to help shape the future for Chudleigh.

"An adopted Neighbourhood Plan is a legal document sitting alongside the Teignbridge Local Plan when planning applications are considered. It is important in helping to deliver the types of homes our residents need along with quality development including jobs and community facilities.

“We will listen carefully to the views and comments of our local communities before implementing changes to planning policies.”

Cllr Richard Keeling, Mayor of Chudleigh Town Council, said:

“We are proposing to develop a Chudleigh Neighbourhood Plan with the help of local people.

“The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group plans to work with the community, to gather a wide variety of views from residents and businesses.

“I would like to thank the Town Council’s Steering Group, chaired by Cllr Mike Underwood for the work so far.”

The announcement has been welcomed by Teignbridge District Council's Ward Members for Chudleigh:

Cllr Doug Hellier Laing, Teignbridge District Councillor for Chudleigh Ward and
Executive Member for Economy, Skills and Tourism, said:

"I am delighted to see the proposal for a Chudleigh Neighbourhood Plan making progress.

"The next stage is to develop a more detailed plan for the area which will show how the development of our community will meet the demands of the future.

“I encourage everyone working or living in Chudleigh to contribute."

Cllr Patricia Johnson, Teignbridge District Councillor for Chudleigh Ward, said:
“The Neighbourhood Plan is an important document guiding the future for Chudleigh. Local residents and businesses can help to shape the future of their town.

"I urge local residents who have hopes and aspirations for the future of our town to get involved now. Original ideas on how the town develops will be very welcome."

As the plan develops, people can see the Chudleigh Neighbourhood Plan and comment online at

Representations should be sent in writing to

Neighbourhood Planning: Chudleigh, Spatial Planning and Delivery, Teignbridge District Council, Forde House, Newton Abbot, TQ12 4XX or