MACKPLan Latest NewsJanuary 2020 - Housing Needs Survey and Drop In Events
On January 11th the MACKPLAN team will be distributing to every household within our area a Housing Needs Survey. This is survey is aimed at providing us with more information on the current and future housing requirements of residents.
We appreciate that a similar survey was completed in 2017 but we have been strongly advised by West Devon Borough Council to undertake a new completely independent survey. So this survey has been drawn up by an independent body and will be assessed by them. The completed forms will be confidential and will not be seen by members of the Neighbourhood Planning team or the Parish Council.
With the forms, there will be a covering letter of explanation on why it is required. We would be most grateful if you could complete and return the forms it will help us in gathering the necessary evidence for the potential Neighbourhood Plan.
The MACKPLAN team will also be holding drop-in events on the 25th January between 1pm and 4pm. Members of the team will be available to answers your questions on the Housing Needs Survey and on the progress, we are making on the Neighbourhood Plan. Your ideas and comments are vital to the neighbourhood planning process and will be thoroughly welcomed so please do drop in on 25 Jan.
The drop-in events will be at the following locations:
- Milton Abbot Village Hall
- Kelly Village Hall
- The ‘Old Smithy’ Chillaton
This is the website of the Milton Abbot, Chillaton and Kelly Neighbourhood Planning Team, known as the MACKPlan team.
We are a group of local residents helping to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan for our area. The team use this site to make their work publicly available and to invite feedback on their progress.
What is a Neighbourhood Plan and what will it do?
In 2014, Milton Abbot Grouped Parish Council and Kelly Parish Meeting agreed to create a neighbourhood plan covering their combined areas. Its purpose is to give local people greater control over what kind of development takes place in their area, where it is and what it looks like.
The Borough Council will have to take MACKPlan into account when it decides on planning applications. But, because MACKPlan will have that legal status, there are rules about what it can cover.
- It must reflect relevant national and local planning policies and contain proposals for the provision of the indicative number of new homes specified in the Joint Local Plan which covers West Devon as well, as other neighbouring planning authorities.
- It must be based on what local people want and be approved by them in a referendum.
- As well as influencing new development, it is about maintaining successful, sustainable communities and protecting and enhancing the special character of our area.
In 2017 a questionnaire was circulated to residents asking for their views on development and other related topics.
To find out what local residents thought about the issues raised in the questionnaire, please go to the Residents Questionnaire page.
Due to a number of the original team members being no longer able to continue the team was restructured at the beginning of 2019. We now have a strong team determined to progress this important work.
We aim to keep the local community involved with our progress and WE NEED YOUR VIEWS TO STEER OUR PROPOSALS. In the near future, we will be attending a number of local events and holding public meetings. These will be aimed at explaining our progress and getting your input.
If you wish to be kept informed as we progress, you can sign up to the MACKPlan email newsletter by clicking here.
Support provided by the Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning Programme led by Locality in association with RTPI/Planning Aid England and partners, available through the My Community Rights website.