Welcome to the Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Page
We are a team of volunteers who consist of both elected councillors and members of the community brought together by Sidmouth Town Council to form the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. We hope that by the very nature of your visit to our page that you will be both curious and excited about this great opportunity for us as a community to shape the future of the Sid Valley for the next 20 years.
The Neighbourhood Plan covers the areas of Sidmouth, Sidford, Sidbury and Salcombe Regis and we need your help to make the visions of the community a reality.
The links on this website will allow you to access the different pages of the plan so you can follow all the latest developments. Within these web pages you will find information on the progress of the Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan, updates on current and future events and general information about neighbourhood planning, which we hope will help you to understand and become engaged with the project. All relevant supporting documents will be posted on these web pages allowing residents of the Sid Valley full access to the entire process.
Our motto is "Shaping our Future Together" and we hope that you will do just that, by joining us in this exciting new opportunity.
Photo courtesy of the Sidmouth Herald
Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan - First Household Questionnaire
We had a great response to the first Neighbourhood Plan survey and received 712 questionnaires which were completed by over 1100 local people. We have completed the analysis of the questionnaires returned and you can now access the report by clicking here.
NEWS Neighbourhood Plan Survey of Business & Special Interest Groups is Now Closed
This survey ran from 19th September until 31st October and invited comment and opinion from businesses and other local organisations and associations about the current social, commercial and economic environment, and views on a future vision of Sidmouth and the Sid Valley as a dynamic, vibrant place to live and a year-round destination for tourism, culture, the arts, sports and events.
We received just over one hundred responses to the survey, which represents a response rate of around 22% of contacted organisations. The completed surveys are now being analysed and we will publish a full report of our findings here once the analysis is complete.
In the meantime, thank you to all the organisations that completed the survey - your contributions are greatly appreciated and will add to the body of evidence that we are collecting in preparation for the Neighbourhood Plan.
Neighbourhood Plan News - Sid Valley Youth Speaks Out
Representatives from Sidmouth Primary School, St John's International School and Sidmouth College met recently with Cllr Louise Cole and Deirdre Hounsom at a Sidmouth Business Cafe event at the Woodlands Hotel. Students put forward their views on their community as part of the creation of the Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan.
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
A community-led planning document that will influence development in your area over the next 15 or so years.
- Gives community a voice in decision making.
- Once adopted, the policies become part of the Development Plan (hold legal weight in decisions).
- Local Plan covers the District, a Neighbourhood Plan covers a specific neighbourhood.
- 25 % CIL money for adopted plans for Town Council to spend locally.
A Neighbourhood Plan cannot be used to stop growth but it can direct and shape development. Neighbourhood Plan cannot propose lower levels of growth than that in the Local Plan.
A Neighbourhood Plan can identify community priorities. e.g. Cycle paths, promoting transport needs, protect heritage sites etc.
What’s the process?
•Stage 1- Designating the Neighbourhood Area
•Stage 2- Establishing a steering group Must comply with: European Directives/legislation National Planning Policy Framework East Devon Local Plan
•Stage 3- Reviewing and gathering evidence
•Stage 4- Consulting the community
•Stage 5- Developing aims and objectives
- Based on the evidence and expressed as a series of statements
- Should go through another stage of consultation to ensure community support
•Stage 6- Drafting the plan and 6 week consultation
•Stage 7- Submission to Local Authority, further 6-week consultation
•Stage 8- Examination
- Independent examiner agreed by EDDC and OTC, Paid for by EDDC
- Checks the Plan against ‘Basic Conditions’ and produces a report
•Stage 9- Referendum
- If successful examination, then EDDC will organise and pay for a referendum. If greater than 50% of voting electorate in favour of Plan, Plan Adopted!