February 2018

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Published on 21 February 2018

Ogwell residents vote to accept a Neighbourhood Plan

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Residents of Ogwell recently voted resoundingly to accept a Neighbourhood Plan for their parish.

On 15 February 2018 a referendum was held in Ogwell parish which asked:

“Do you want Teignbridge District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Ogwell to help it decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood Area?”

91% of voters answered ‘yes’ to the question which means the plan will now be presented to Teignbridge District Council Executive meeting on 5 April 2018 to be 'made', or legally brought into force.

A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led process for guiding the future development, regeneration and conservation of an area. The Ogwell Neighbourhood Plan contains aims, planning policies and proposals for identifying and safeguarding important viewpoints. It includes proposals to improve a recreational area and build a community hub with a pre-school and a multi-use games area. It can be used to help decide where things should take place.

When the plan is 'made', Ogwell Parish Council will be entitled to receive 25% of a charge to developers, known as the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), to spend on infrastructure which they decide is needed. Parishes which do not have a Neighbourhood Plan in place receive 15% of the levy. Housing developers are required to pay a levy to Teignbridge from the start of house building.  The CIL charge on new housing and some retail developments will be used to fund various priorities set out in the Neighbourhood Plan, such as healthcare, education, community facilities, green spaces, cycle paths and road improvements, providing vital facilities for local residents.

Cllr John Goodey, Teignbridge District Council's Executive Spokesperson for Community Neighbourhoods, said:   

"I am delighted that Ogwell residents have given their approval to accept the Neighbourhood Plan. It shows the community is addressing local needs through their own plan.   "The referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan gave local people an opportunity to get involved and have their say about their area’s future development.

"When it is formally ‘made’ in April, the Plan will be a legal document sitting alongside the Teignbridge Local Plan when planning applications are considered. It is important to help deliver the types of homes our residents need along with quality development including jobs and community facilities." 

Cllr Ann Jones, Teignbridge District Councillor for College ward, said:

“Congratulations to Ogwell and well done to everyone who worked so hard on the Neighbourhood Plan! I’m delighted that the parish supports the Plan which will help bring to fruition plans to improve recreational facilities for the community.”

Cllr Mike Pilkington, Teignbridge District Councillor for College ward, said:

“Congratulations are in order for Ogwell Parish Council and the team that has worked hard to produce their Neighbourhood Plan. The fact that the residents of Ogwell have recognised the importance of this document is plain to see, with a massive 91% voting in favour of adoption.

“As College Ward member sitting on the Newton Abbot planning committee I see the Neighbourhood Plan in action, offering sound and sustainable responses to Teignbridge planning consultations. Well done Ogwell! I’m certain that going forward, you will also reap the benefit from your hard work.”

Cllr Dennis Smith, Teignbridge District Councillor for Ambrook Ward, said:

“It is great to see that Ogwell residents have voted to support their Neighbourhood Plan and the group of people who worked hard to bring it to fruition. The fact that 91% of those voting are in favour speaks volumes in itself and once the plan is 'made' in April it will give them a much stronger voice in regard to future development within their area.”

Cllr Mary Colclough, Teignbridge District Councillor for Ambrook Ward, said:

“It was great to see so many Ogwell residents turning out and voting for their Neighbourhood Plan.

“The Parish Council and members of the community worked very hard to bring the plan to fruition on behalf of the residents. Having this Plan in place will really benefit the community, especially with a new play area.”

Cllr Philip Bullivant, Teignbridge District Councillor for Bradley Ward, said:

“Having a local plan in place brings many advantages to the area. Being able to set their own priorities and having more to invest in projects that are important to the local residents are benefits that will come to the people of Ogwell.” 

Cllr Mike Hocking, Teignbridge District Councillor for Bradley Ward, said:

“I’m very pleased to see such a large yes vote. This is a very important way that residents can influence the Teignbridge local plan in their own areas. Of course, there is also a financial gain because they receive 25% of CIL money instead of only 15% if a Neighbourhood Plan is not in place.

“As a Newton Abbot Town Councillor, I’m pleased we’re starting to see the rewards of having a Neighbourhood Plan and we encourage others to put one in place.”

The Plan was produced by Ogwell Parish Council with support from Teignbridge District Council.   

View further information relating to the referendum and the Ogwell Neighbourhood Plan.