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The MACK Plan referendum took place on 23 June 2022.  235 residents voted in favour of the neighbourhood plan being used to help decide planning applications and 23 residents voted against it; a turnout of 31%.  The threshold for the MACK Plan to come into force was in excess of 50% of the vote so the 90.7% achieved is a strong endorsement of the plan.  We would like to thank all those who contributed ideas or time to the production of the MACK Plan and who took the time to vote in the referendum.

The MACK Plan now transitions to the implementation phase with responsibility passing to MAGPC to oversee implementation.  The Implementation Team is headed by Councillor James Hitchcock.  This next phase is no less important than the production of the MACK Plan and volunteers are needed to help either by joining the MAGPC or the Implementation Team.  If you are willing to volunteer some time then please contact Councillor Hitchcock at

WDBC Official Referendum Result Announcement

The Referendum Version of the MACK Plan can be found here.

About MACKPlan

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.

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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.


The key to a successful Neighbourhood Plan is the body of evidence that needs to be gathered in order to support the policies contained in the plan. The 3 key sources of evidence are the:


We aim to keep the local community involved with our progress and WE NEED YOUR VIEWS TO STEER OUR PROPOSALS. We will endeavour to be represented at 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.