The Development of Payhembury’s Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood plan has been accepted by 82% of those who voted in the referendum. EDDC will now take the plan into consideration when assessing planning decisions


Payhembury Neighbourhood plan

Neighbourhood planning was introduced in 2012. Local communities can produce neighbourhood plans for their local areas, putting in place a vision and policies for the future development of the area. Neighbourhood plans differ from previous plans (e.g. Payhembury village plan developed in the early 2000’s) in that, once complete, a neighbourhood plan becomes a legal document carrying significant weight within the planning process.

Once a neighbourhood plan has been completed, it will have to be submitted to the local authority (East Devon District Council in our case) and then be subjected to an independent examination. This will make sure that the proper legal process has been followed and that the plan meets the basic conditions, including general conformity with strategic local policy. If the plan is deemed to meet these criteria then it will be put forward to a referendum of those living or working in the parish and more than 50% of those who vote will need to vote in favour for the neighbourhood plan to be adopted.

After a significant amount of discussion and, crucially, following the completion of East Devon District Council’s Local Plan, Payhembury Parish Council decided to start the process of producing a neighbourhood plan for the parish. In areas where Parish Councils exist (such as Payhembury), it is the Parish Council who must own the plan, however others in the community can join the committee to develop the plan. Currently our Neighbourhood Plan Committee is formed of Keith Williams (parish councillor), Tim Cox (parish councillor), Iestyn John and John Horrocks, however we welcome anyone else who wants to join the committee.

It is important to reiterate that the plan can only be finalised with the support of the community, hence we wish to keep everyone informed throughout the process. There will be more formal consultations, however files in this folder document progress made to date. If you wish to contact us, please email