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What are the next steps for the Cullompton Neighbourhood Plan?

Following the independent examination of the Cullompton Neighbourhood Plan, Mid Devon District Council has determined that the plan, as modified to incorporate the Examiner’s recommendations, should proceed to a Referendum. In accordance with Neighbourhood Planning regulations, the Referendum will ask voters within the neighbourhood plan area (Cullompton Parish) whether they support the Neighbourhood Plan. If more than 50% of voters are in favour of the plan, the District Council must bring it into force. This would mean that the Cullompton Neighbourhood Plan becomes part of the statutory development plan for the area. Further details of the Council's decision can be found in the decision statement below:

A ‘referendum’ version of the Neighbourhood Plan, incorporating the Examiner’s modifications can be viewed below:

It is important to note that following the publication of this decision statement we would normally proceed to a referendum within the statutory timeframe. However, given the coronavirus pandemic and the updated regulations on holding referenda this will not be possible at present. We will provide an update and further information on this position in due course. Further details on the government’s updated guidance on Neighbourhood Planning in response to the coronavirus pandemic can be found here.

What was the outcome of the examination of the Neighbourhood Plan?

Following submission of the Cullompton Neighbourhood Plan and the subsequent 6 week publicity period (see below), the District Council in co-operation with Cullompton Town Council, appointed Deborah McCann as the independent Examiner to carry out the examination of the plan. The Neighbourhood Plan was submitted to the appointed examiner, along with supporting documents and representations received during the publicity period.  

During the examination the Examiner sought clarification from Cullompton Town Council in relation to Local Green Space designations. Following the conclusion of the examination, the Examiner issued her report on 1st July 2020. Please see links to the documents below for further details:

When was the Neighbourhood Plan submitted?

Cullompton Town Council, as the qualifying body, formally submitted the Cullompton Neighbourhood Plan to us for the Publicity Stage, as required by the neighbourhood planning regulations. The submission materials have been reviewed and checked to ensure regulatory compliance and formal confirmation of our acceptance of the plan to proceed to the Regulation 16 Publicity Period was provided on 20 September 2019.

Subsequently, we have issued a Notice of publicity.

Neighbourhood Plan and associated documents:

Additional documents that provide evidence of the context and process of the Plan can be found on the Cullompton Neighbourhood Plan website.

The Regulation 16 Publicity Period concluded on Friday 15th November 2019. The representations received are as follows:

When was the area for the Neighbourhood Plan designated?

The Cullompton Neighbourhood Area was designated 30 April 2014. The area designation documents are listed as follows:

The representations received are as follows:

How can I find out more?

If you require any further information, please contact our Forward Planning Team at or call 01884 234334.

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