Uplyme Neighbourhood Plan formally ‘made’…
Neighbourhood Plan now forms part of the development plan….
In the referendum held on 26th October 2017, we were asked the question;
“Do you want East Devon District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Uplyme to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”
313 (86.5%) of us responded ‘Yes’ against 49 (13.5%) ‘No’. Turnout was 25.6%.
East Devon DC Cabinet resolved, on 29th November, that the Neighbourhood Plan be ‘made’ (adopted) and form part of the Development Plan. The Council has written to the Uplyme Neighbourhood Plan Group to congratulate them on their hard work. Uplyme Neighbourhood Plan will now carry full weight, in the decision process for planning in the parish of Uplyme.
Any planning applications in the Uplyme Parish will now be judged against the Neighbourhood Plan, together with the East Devon Local Plan, both within the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). This will ensure the hard work put into its production will result in effective application of our local community expectations and aspirations in the planning application decision-making process.
I am very pleased that the Uplyme Neighbourhood Plan was supported in our referendum by such a large majority and would like to add my personal congratulations and thanks to our Neighbourhood Plan Team, who put an enormous amount of excellent work into this well-presented document.
What is a BUAB (Built-Up Area Boundary?…
All towns in East Devon, along with Uplyme and 13 other larger villages, have a have a Built-Up Area Boundary. The remaining smaller villages, such as Axmouth and Combpyne-Rousdon, do not and are treated as being in the open countryside for development purposes. The positioning of the Uplyme BUAB, was discussed at several stages in development of the Uplyme Neighbourhood Plan, where it is defined in the ‘made’ version and further reflected in the East Devon Villages Plan.
Built Up Area Boundaries are used by the Council to help decide where new homes and other buildings can be built. Within the boundary, new buildings are generally acceptable, but outside only in special circumstances.
Areas outside the boundary are less likely to have planning permission granted for new houses and industry, but remain part of the village in all other respects. Changes, which can be made to your property outside the boundary without planning permission, are not affected.
How is the BUAB positioned?…
Boundaries are drawn around the main groups of existing buildings. Additional areas for potential development can be, and were, identified in the Uplyme Neighbourhood Plan. Recognisable features, such as fences and hedges are normally followed, although large gardens can be excluded to help control the building of extra houses in their grounds.
Sites with existing planning permission will be included within the BUAB, if they are close to the village, unless there were unusual circumstances which justified the permission.
Where a site has been allocated for housing, employment or community development in the Local Plan or Neighbourhood Plan, it will be included, unless it includes large areas of open space.
Community buildings are included if they are close to the village, unless they include large grounds at the edge of the village.
What about large gardens?…
Large gardens, or grounds associated with existing buildings, will normally be excluded, where their development would extend the built-up area. They may however be included, where they are already surrounded by buildings and any new buildings would appear part of the existing village.
What about groups of buildings away from the village centre?…
Groups of buildings detached from the main village will not be included in the BUAB, unless they have adequate services and facilities of their own.
Where can I read about all the relevant sites in and around Uplyme?…
Details in Uplyme Neighbourhood Plan (see Appendix B p48) or in the East Devon Villages Plan document at;
East Devon Villages Plan – Site by site assessment for Uplyme (Click to view)
May I take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy 2018.
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