MACKPLan Latest NewsNewsletter September 2020
Using the evidence gathered during the various resident and commissioned surveys, and resident comments made at public meetings, we have drafted a Neighbourhood Plan which we believe contains policies that the residents regard as important as well as meeting the mandatory national and regional government rules. In March we publicised a Call for Sites asking landowners to propose potential sites that meet the outline policies detailed in our draft plan.
We have had responses concerning 10 sites and now need to undertake an assessment of the feasibility and relative benefits of each of these sites. This site assessment will be completely transparent and demonstrably independent in nature. It is being conducted over the next 2 months by a national organisation called AECOM who conduct many of these assessments. The assessment will include unaccompanied site visits.
Once we have received the results of the AECOM survey we will have gathered all the evidence that is needed to complete the draft plan. Our intention then is to undertake a detailed consultation of the plan both with the Parish Council and with local residents. Clearly the restrictions imposed by COVID 19 will make this consultation more difficult than it would otherwise have been and we will probably have to do much of it online. We ask that you bear with us during this period as we would have much preferred to have held large face to face public meetings.
In the meantime, if you have any questions then please email us at:MACKPLAN2019@gmail.com
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.
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:
- 2017 Resident’s Survey
- 2019 AECOM Housing Needs Assessment
- 2020 Devon Communities Together Housing Needs Survey
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.