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December 2021

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Published on 16 December 2021

February referendum for Bovey Parish neighbourhood plan

signpost at Brimley Cross
Signpost at Brimley Cross

People living in the parish of Bovey Tracey will be able to vote in a referendum next year whether or not to support the Bovey Parish Neighbourhood Plan.

This follows the consultation held in late summer and a subsequent independent examination of the Plan to ensure it conforms to national polices and guidance.

The examiner noted: “It was clear that the Steering Group has fully engaged with the local community and kept people informed as the plan progressed."

She went on to say:  "This consultation process has helped to ensure that the community’s vision for the Parish has been clearly shaped by the views and priorities of the community.”

Development of the Plan started in 2017 and has been coordinated by the Bovey Tracey Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, supported by a number of working groups.  The plan sets out a vision for the future of the parish and local planning policies which, together with the Teignbridge Local Plan, will be used to determine planning applications.

Recommendations from the independent examiner have been accepted by Teignbridge District Council, Bovey Tracey Town Council, the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and Dartmoor National Park Authority.

The referendum is scheduled for Thursday 3 February 2022 and the formal Notice of Referendum will be published on our website on Wednesday 22 December. Polling cards are scheduled to be posted on 7 January to everyone who currently lives within Bovey Tracey Parish and is registered to vote in elections.

Only people who live in Bovey Tracey Parish who are on the electoral register will be eligible to vote.   Anyone living in the Parish who is not on the electoral register can still vote providing they register by 18 January.  The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 19 January and for a proxy vote is 5pm on 26 January – details on how to vote by post or proxy can be found on our website

If more than 50% of voters support the plan, Teignbridge Council and Dartmoor National Park Authority must ‘make’ the plan (bring the plan into force).

The Bovey Parish Neighbourhood Plan together with further information and other supporting documents are available on our Neighbourhood Planning webpage.