Welcome to the Highampton Neighbourhood Plan Website

Local planning policy has for many years been a process of the District Council (in our case the West Devon Borough Council) telling residents the what, where, when and how of developments in their parishes and towns. This not only led to much local disquiet but also policies being adopted that were inappropriate and opposed by residents causing significant delays, costs and bureaucracy. The whole situation was entirely unsatisfactory.

The Government in 2011 proposed to alter this state of affairs and legislated for Neighbourhood Development Plans to ensure that local residents were fully consulted and involved in the development of their parishes.

So, what is a Neighbourhood Plan?

The Government’s Localism Act 2011 fundamentally changed the planning system to give local people rights to shape the future development of their communities in which they live and work through the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan which, once adopted, will become part of planning policy alongside the Council’s Local Plan.

Recently West Devon Borough Council, Plymouth City Council and South Hams District Council have agreed to develop a new Joint Local Plan instead of individual Local Plans. This Joint Local Plan will set out the strategic development of the joint area and there will be targets for the numbers of new houses expected to be built in all the towns and villages. These targets will influence the plan for Highampton so we will need to plan for some new development in our village. Our Neighbourhood Plan will be the opportunity for Highampton residents to set out the policies to determine the quantity, type, design and location of that new development.

The draft  Joint Local Plan is proposing, for villages, that locally led Neighbourhood Plans are the primary means of deciding these policies and the new Local Plan will cover the period to 2034 and our Neighbourhood Plan will address all aspects of development during this period.

As a result of the new legislation and the opportunities made available for residents to determine their future, Highampton Parish Council decided to prepare a Parish Neighbourhood Plan and has established The Highampton Neighbourhood Planning Group to undertake this work.

This web-site is the web-site for the Highampton Neighbourhood Plan.

This is your opportunity to influence the future of Highampton. You can read more about neighbourhood planning by downloading this Introduction to Neighbourhood Planning.