In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the government introduced new guidance on Neighbourhood Planning which has implications for the Cullompton Neighbourhood Plan
now that the Examination has concluded. This updated guidance supersedes any relevant aspects of current guidance on neighbourhood planning until further notice.
The guidance states that: ‘where the local planning authority has issued a decision statement (as set out under Regulation 18 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012) detailing its intention to send a neighbourhood plan to referendum, that plan can be given significant weight in decision-making, so far as the plan is material to the application’ (Neighbourhood Planning Guidance Paragraph: 107 Reference ID: 41-107-20200513)
In this instance Mid Devon District Council, as the local planning authority, has determined that the Cullompton Neighbourhood Plan
should proceed to a referendum and has issued a decision statement
to this effect. In line with the recently amended government guidance, the Cullompton Neighbourhood Plan can therefore be given significant weight in decisions relating to planning applications within the Cullompton Neighbourhood Plan area.
Following the publication of this decision statement Mid Devon District Council would normally proceed to a referendum within the statutory time frame. However, given the coronavirus pandemic and the updated regulations on holding referenda this will not be possible at present and is not likely to be before May 2021. We will provide an update and further information on this position as and when we receive it.
A ‘referendum’ version of the Neighbourhood Plan, incorporating the Examiner’s modifications can be found on the Cullompton Neighbourhood Plan
website, along with other associated documents.