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
In the meantime, if you have any questions then please email us at:MACKPLAN2019@gmail.com
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
you wish to contact the Mackplan Team then please email us at:
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 January 2020
MACKPLan Consultancy in full swing!
The official consultancy programme on the draft MACKPLan has now reached the halfway stage. The Regulation 14 Consultancy will finish on the 20th of February 2021.
The MACKPLan team are very pleased that many residents have sent in comments either by posting them on the MACKPLan website mackplan.org.uk or by sending them by email. Hard copies of the draft plan have been sent to 442 households in the MACKPLan area. If you have not received a hard copy, then please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will endeavour to get a copy to you.
A number of the comments received have supported the housing policy proposed in the draft plan, including the choice of proposed building sites. These sites were recommended by the AECOM independent site review.
If residents support these site proposals then we would like to hear from you.The more support we receive the more likely we are to be able resist planning applications which could undermine the MACKPlan proposals.
As well as residents the draft MACKPLan has been sent to 43 Statutory Consultees (such as WDBC, Devon County Council, English Heritage etc), local landowners and local organisations.
Once the consultation period is over any changes to the plan as a result of comments received will be published on the MACKPLan website.
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