Welcome to the Neighbourhood Plan Website
for the Parish of Modbury
The Modbury Neighbourhood Plan has been developed by a team of local residents in collaboration with the Parish Council. It takes into account the views of parishioners obtained from a number of consultation exhibitions and questionnaires carried out since the Neighbourhood Plan designation was formally approved by South Hams District Council in 2015.
The Neighbourhood Plan aims for balanced provision of housing to meet local needs while conserving the character of Modbury as a well-integrated community with a range of facilities. The Plan addresses the issue of pedestrian access, important for safety, health benefits and connectivity. Traffic management and transport aims will require collaboration with other agencies and organisations to minimise congestion, encourage effective public transport and shared mobility. The increasing importance of protecting the environment and the need to tackle the challenges posed by climate change are themes running through the Plan and are reflected in the recent Climate Emergency Plan published by South Hams District Council.
Once the Plan has been submitted to South Hams District Council (SHDC) and independently examined, you, the residents of Modbury, will be asked to vote to approve it in a referendum organised by SHDC. If it is approved by more than 50% of voters it will become a legal document which will form an integral part of the planning process up to 2034 and beyond.
The process of making this Plan has entailed the establishment of a steering group of local volunteers with an interest in the process, and a willingness to commit to working systematically through a clearly defined procedure. The group has been supported in its task by the professional guidance of Lee Bray, independent planning consultant, and Duncan Smith, Neighbourhood Plan Officer for South Hams District Council.
The Neighbourhood Plan Group has worked with the Parish Council to engage in detailed consultation with local residents to produce a Plan based on the views and aspirations of the community and to represent those views to South Hams District Council.
This is Your Plan and we hope that you will play a part in helping to shape Modbury for the future by voting to support it in the referendum.
Chair, Modbury Neighbourhood Plan Group
Chair, Modbury Parish Council
The Modbury Neighbourhood Plan
Key Supporting Documents
SHDC PUBLIC CONSULTATION, JULY-SEPTEMBER 2022
Extension of the Consultation Period
Updated information supporting the evidence base of the plan having been provided, this consultation period, originally due to end on 22nd August, has been extended to 12th September 2022. See the Public Notice below.
REVISED NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN, APRIL 2022
South Hams District Council (SHDC) have now launched their statutory 6 week consultation on the revised Neighbourhood Plan. They have deemed the reconsultation necessary because the Plan contains a significant amendment. The amendment in question is the removal of the proposed alternative site for affordable housing to the east of Ayleston Park. The Neighbourhood Plan Group and the Parish Council regret having to remove this site as provision of affordable housing in the town and the wider area is a priority, particularly given the ever increasing property prices.
We wish to be clear that this action was taken as a result of the lack of communication and decision making between various departments at SHDC. This has been the subject of a formal complaint from the Parish Council. SHDC have acknowledged their mistakes for which they have apologised and provided funding to cover our additional costs but have refused to reverse their decision on the housing numbers and site substitution. Further details of the issues and process can be found on the SHDC website
In the meantime, we have taken the opportunity to update and strengthen the policies relating to sustainability and climate change in the light of the current climate emergency.
Neighbourhood Plans are intended to be part of long term planning and, as such, we will keep all policies under review and continue to seek opportunities to meet the needs of the community.
Modbury Parish Council
Modbury Neighbourhood Plan Group
SUBMISSION OF REVISED NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
The revised Neighbourhood Plan was submitted to South Hams District Council in April 2022 in preparation for their statutory 6 week public consultation period.
KEY STAGES IN SUBMISSION PROCESS
Postponement of Examination of the Neighbourhood Plan
Examination of the Neighbourhood Plan was postponed in 2021 when South Hams District Council unexpectedly withdrew from their role as developers of the proposed community housing. The Neighbourhood Plan Group therefore requested a further extension before the Plan was examined to give time to review options. The Independent Examiner agreed to this and offered an extension to run until September 4th 2021.
The initial SHDC consultation period for the submitted Neighbourhood Plan ran from August to September 2020 but was extended for a further six weeks from October to November 2020. This was due to an error in the process which resulted in a failure to consult with Devon County Council. In order to ensure that the consultation complied with regulations, SHDC decided on this extended period and apologised for the error. All those who submitted comments to the original consultation should have been notified.
South Hams District Council Consultation Dates Announced
After much delay due to the Covid 19 restrictions, SHDC announced that their public consultation on Modbury’s Neighbourhood Plan would start on August 3rd 2020.
South Hams District Council Public Consultation on Modbury Neighbourhood Plan
The Neighbourhood Plan was submitted to South Hams District Council following approval by the Parish Council in February 2020. The next step in the process was for SHDC to arrange a 6 weeks public consultation period, independent of the Neighbourhood Plan Group and Parish Council.
Delay resulting from the Covid-19 crisis caused neighbourhood planning consultations to be temporarily halted during the initial lock-down period. Modbury, and other Neighbourhood Plan Groups at that stage, agreed with SHDC to an extended consultation period of 3 months in order to move on the process. The most recent revisions in government guidelines, however, allowed consultations to revert to their usual length of 6 weeks.
Amended Neighbourhood Plan
An amended Neighbourhood Plan was approved by the Parish Council at its meeting on Feb 11th 2020. Final updating and amendments were carried out by our independent planning consultant and reviewed by the Neighbourhood Planning Officer prior to submission to SHDC.
Reconsultation on Site Proposals
The original Plan had proposed 25 houses on the alternative site (East of Ayleston Park). SHDC then stated that to be a viable substitution the site would have to accommodate the 40 homes which had been allocated to Penn Park. They advised that we should carry out a limited reconsultation on the site substitution proposal. This was carried out from July to August 2019 with a majority in favour of the proposed substitution. The outcome was independently reviewed by SHDC’s Neighbourhood Planning Officer
Draft Neighbourhood Plan Approved by Parish Council
The draft Neighbourhood Plan approved by the Parish Council at its meeting in January 2018 included the proposal to substitute the site east of Ayleston Park for the Penn Park site. South Hams District Council advised that the Neighbourhood Plan could substitute an alternative site to that included in the JLP ( Penn Park) if it could be shown better to serve the interests of the community.