If a majority of those that vote in the referendum are in favour of the Plan, then it will be ‘made’ and become part of the Development Plan for East Devon

The Payhembury Neighbourhood Plan will be voted on in a referendum on 2 May 2019.

If a majority of those that vote in the referendum are in favour of the Plan, it will be ‘made’ and become part of the Development Plan for East Devon.   

Payhembury Parish Council has produced a Neighbourhood Plan in consultation with the community, which includes policies that will influence how planning applications in the Parish are determined until 2031.

The referendum on 2 May will ask voters to consider the following question: "Do you want East Devon District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Payhembury to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"

If more people vote ‘yes’ than ‘no’ in this referendum, East Devon District Council will ‘make’ the plan and it will become part of the Development Plan for East Devon. A person is entitled to vote in the referendum if, on 2 May 2019, he or she is entitled to vote in a local government election in the referendum area; and, his or her qualifying address for the election is in the referendum area.

Further information and a copy of the plan can be found on the East Devon website.

The Plan is the result of three years hard work by volunteers from the local community and the council is encouraging all eligible residents to ensure they are registered and to turn out to vote on the day. The polling station will be Payhembury Parish Hall (opposite Payhembury School).

Commenting on the forthcoming referendum for Payhembury’s Neighbourhood Plan, Mark Williams, Chief Executive of East Devon District Council, said:

I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the production of the Payhembury Neighbourhood Plan on reaching this crucial referendum stage. The plan has been made possible by significant commitment and hard work from local volunteers and represents community aspirations that will serve to inform the future evolution of the parish. All eligible residents from Payhembury are encouraged to study the plan and take part in the referendum.