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January 2021 News

MACK Plan Printed Version Distribution

The MACK Plan is now printed and our intention had been to hand deliver a copy to each household this coming weekend.  However, even though there is probably enough leeway in the lockdown rules to get away with hand delivery, doing so is not in the spirit of the lockdown and however minimal the risk might be, the welfare of residents must take priority.  We have therefore decided to distribute the hard copies to you by Royal Mail which should now arrive by post by the end of next week.  The deadline for comments will remain 20 February.

MACK Plan Team

Newsletter December 2020

Draft MACKPlan released – your chance to review it!

You are hopefully aware of the work that has taken place to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan for our community at the request of our Parish Council.  This plan, the MACK Plan, is now ready for you to read.  This is your opportunity to comment on the plan before it is formally submitted to West Devon Borough Council where it is subject to further consultation and formal examination before being put to a vote at a Referendum for all residents of our parishes.

The Draft Plan is now available to view on our website We do hope you will visit it and make your comments using the comment facility on the website.

We also plan to distribute hard copies of the draft plan to all households in the MACKplan area, this will be done in early January 2021.

The draft plan is based on evidence that has been gathered from the community during various surveys undertaken during the last 3 years. This evidence is also available on the website

The draft plan covers a number of areas crucial to the future of our community and makes a number of policy proposals and recommendations for community actions.

Some of the areas covered include:

  • Housing needs of the community.
  • Environmental issues – how to preserve our exceptional landscape.
  • The local economy
  • Policy proposals on local infrastructure, affordable homes, amenity spaces, housing density and design.

Most importantly there are recommendations on where the future development of 20 new homes should take place (this is the number allocated to the area by the regional plan). These proposals are based on an independent survey of 10 submitted sites which was undertaken by a national company called AECOM.

Please take the opportunity to read the draft plan either on-line or the hard copy that will be delivered to your door and let us know your views

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Newsletter 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

Newsletter March 2020


We had 108 survey forms submitted in response to the distribution of the Housing Needs Survey on the 11th January. The information was independently analysed and the report and its conclusions are available in the Evidence Section of this website.  One of the main conclusions is that there is a requirement for a small number of affordable houses (rented or shared purchase) and open market one, two or three bedroom houses.

We are very grateful for the support of residents in submitting the forms and also for those who attended the drop-in meetings on the 25th January.

This survey together with the independent Housing Needs Assessment (HNA) and the Residents Survey undertaken in 2017 now gives the Mackplan Team a strong evidence base of local housing requirements to put forward proposals in the draft Neighbourhood Plan. The HNA report and the Residents Survey summary can also be viewed in the Evidence Section.

Call for Sites

The next stage in the drafting of the Neighbourhood Plan is the identification of sites which might be considered suitable for housing development. So the Mackplan Team have issued a Call for Sites in which landowners and developers are invited to submit sites which they would like to be considered for future housing development.  This Call for Sites and its supporting guidance can be found in the Possible Development Sites section of this website.  The deadline for the submission of completed forms is 4pm on Monday 20th April 2020.

It is important to be clear that submitting land for consideration does not mean that it will be allocated in the Neighbourhood Plan or mean it is more likely to gain planning permission. All sites will be discussed  with the Parish Council and WDBC and then reviewed at a meeting of local residents prior to an eventual referendum on the whole Neighbourhood Plan.

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January 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