Last updated: 12th February 2013


Neighbourhood Plan goes to examiner

The Plan moves forward to the next stage

The Neighbourhood Plan for St James has been sent to the independent examiner, Graham Self, and his report is expected to be issued by early next week.

This is continuing good news for the Plan’s timetable. Subject to his recommendations, we remain on course to hold the referendum on 2 May, the same day as elections for Devon County Council.

However, nothing can be taken for granted. In the stage completed on 8 February three additional representations (comments) were sent to Exeter City Council. English Heritage welcomed the Plan and the importance we attach to the historical background. Natural England was satisfied with the Plan and did not wish to make specific comments. Land Securities had concerns about our proposed transport policy T2.
We now await the examiner’s comments and his recommendation as to whether we can proceed
to the referendum. He may recommend modifications (amendments). It will be up to the City Council and the Forum to decide what, if anything, to do about the modifications. Whatever happens, we will let you know.

More information on the referendum will follow. All registered voters in St James ward will be entitled to vote Yes or No to the question:
Do you want Exeter City Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for St James to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area? The area is the ward itself.

Workshop on the way forward

21 March 2013 at 7pm at the Spiritualist Church, York Road

What happens after the referendum?

What happens to the Neighbourhood Plan?

With or without the referendum, how will the projects be delivered?

We will be inviting all members and associate members to take part in the workshop.

Invitation and more details to follow soon. Please put the date in your diary.


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