Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride was briefed on Silverton’s Neighbourhood Plan on Friday by Olivia Kennard, who is chairing the Parish Council’s sub committee for the project. Neighbourhood Plans enable communities to plan where they want new development such as homes or business units and what infrastructure should be provided. To be formally adopted, the plans will be put to the community in a local referendum and must adhere to the Government’s national planning policy framework and Mid Devon’s Local Plan for the whole district.

    After visiting the Lamb Inn, where the plans were on public display, Mr Stride said:

    “Neighbourhood Plans are an essential part of devolution and give local residents and parish councillors, who know their community best, a greater say on issues such as future development. I was impressed with Silverton’s plan and the key themes that are at its core; the local economy, housing, the local environment and sustainability. I look forward to staying in touch with the parish council as its plans progress and will help in any way I can.”

    Miss Kennard added:

    “Thanks to the incredibly hard work of the Neighbourhood Plan Committee over the last couple of years together with the support of the Parish Council and Parishioners, we were able to hold a well-attended consultation on the potential development sites which have been put forward by local landowners.”

    The Neighbourhood Plan draft is available at