Ottery St Mary’s community has say on neighbourhood plan
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Successful event paves way for referendum in spring 2017
More than 200 people from Ottery parish turned out to play a part in the future development of their community.
An exhibition was held in The Station on Saturday to update members of the public on the process of creating a Neighbourhood Plan.
Many attendees took up the opportunity to leave their feedback and comments.
The finished result of the project will be a statutory document which – once adopted – will form a blueprint to shape the nature of development in the town and surrounding villages.
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Town councillor Jo Talbot is leading the initiative and said the successful exhibition event should pave the way for a referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan in spring 2017.
She said: “We think there were at least 200 members of the public who visited and the comments box was pretty much full up.”
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The project is community-led and offers all residents of the parish a chance to influence changes in their neighbourhood. It can also act as a safeguard against unwanted development.
Councillor Talbot explained that the process of refining policies will now get under way to create the first full draft of the plan, ready for a formal six-week consultation process.
She thanked everyone who has helped out so far, but says there is still a lot of work to be done before the final plan is completed.
For more information, contact Ottery Town Council on 01404 812252, email email@example.com, visit www.otterystmary-tc.gov.uk, or search Ottery St Mary Parish Neighbourhood Parish Plan on Facebook.