The Parish Council agreed in 2010 to produce a Parish Plan and called for volunteers as a Steering Group to work on the project. The 4 volunteers produced a questionnaire which was delivered to all households in the parish and approximately 71% elicited a response - a very high (and satisfactory) level of involvement from local residents. These responses were then collated by a department at Devon County Council. The results have been analysed and brought together into a formal Parish Plan that was approved by the Parish Council in September 2012 and formally adopted by East Devon District Council in November 2012.
Printed copies of the Plan have been distributed to households (where a letter box could be found!) and businesses in the parish, and spare copies are available from the Parish Clerk.
The printed document is in a large physical format, printed on paper sized A2, folded down to A4 for convenience. The document is available to download by clicking on the links below, but please note that it will appear as 8 sides of A4 which should be pasted together in order to appreciate the sense of the text.
Please click on the links below to find out more about how the plan was developed:
A Parish Plan is a community consultation exercise, and an opportunity for us to look at our concerns and interests, eventually producing a document that lays out the issues raised and the desired outcomes. It is important to remember that the Plan will not be simply a reference document - it should be reviewed and revised as our parish changes over the years. A properly produced Parish Plan can be adopted by the District Council as Supplementary Planning Guidance, thus influencing the course of future developments in the parish.
A Parish Plan Group was set and consulted with the community throughout the course of the review. If you would like to be involved at any stage of the project please contact the Chairman of the team: Gill Potter. Gill's phone number is 01395 567147 (please keep calls to sensible daytime hours), or email her by clicking here.
The Steering Group would like to thank the Parish Council, our County Councillor (Christine Channon) and the East Devon AONB Partnership for their support at all stages of the process. Without the financial backing provided by these bodies the Steering Group could not have collated and analysed the results, and indeed to produce the Parish Plan document which is now under way.
RESULTS OF THE PARISH PLAN QUESTIONNAIRE/SURVEY
If you would like to see the summary of residents' responses to the questionnaire, you can download and view the PDF document by clicking here.
Supplementary charts based on the Questionnaire/Survey can be viewed by clicking here. (Note: link not active)
Discussion of results with the Parish Council took place on Tuesday 17th January. A public exhibition with opportunity for public feedback then took place on Saturday 28th January at Newton Poppleford Village Hall.
The data entry and collation has been completed. The Steering Group is analysing the results and expect to hold a public consultation in early 2012.
Some funding has been provided by the Parish and County Councils, so data collation and analysis is under way.
The questionnaires have now been collected and the work of collating the responses will get under way in August/September. Thank you to eveeryone who took the trouble to complete the form - your time and thought is appreciated.
The questionnaire about local issues is due to be printed in May and distributed shortly thereafter. It is hoped that all households will respond so that their views can be taken into consideration in the plan.
The open session on Saturday 16th January went well, with about 100 people visiting to talk about issues and record their comments and suggestions. Many interesting issues were raised on a range of topics from flooding to new developments, and the need for improved community facilities.
The Parish Plan Steering Group will meet shortly to collate and assess the responses.