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
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 is for SHDC to arrange a public consultation period of 6 weeks. This is 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, has allowed consultations to revert to their usual length of 6 weeks.
As soon as SHDC give notification of the start date for the 6 week consultation period details will be posted on this website, and on the Parish Council website, and notices will be put up around the parish.
The submission version of our Neighbourhood Plan is on this Home Page and on “The Modbury Neighbourhood Plan” page.
Further information about the whole Neighbourhood Plan process is given under the “What is a Neighbourhood Plan?” page where there is a road map showing the steps in the process. Modbury’s Plan is currently at the “LPA consultation stage”.
Amended Neighbourhood Plan
The amended Neighbourhood Plan (above) was approved by the Parish Council at its meeting on Feb 11th 2020. Final updating and amendments will be carried out by our independent planning consultant and reviewed by the Neighbourhood Planning Officer prior to submission to SHDC.
The draft Neighbourhood Plan, which was 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 (Pennpark) if it could be shown better to serve the interests of the community and to be a viable site to accommodate the 40 homes which had been allocated to Penn Park.
It was agreed that it would be good practice to consult the community on this change before submitting the final Plan to SHDC. A Re-consultation on the housing development site proposals of the plan was therefore carried out in July of last year.
The reconsultation gave details of proposals for the east of Ayleston Park site which had been agreed in collaboration with the Community Housing Team at SHDC. The key points were for provision of 50% affordable housing to buy and rent, with affordability held in perpetuity, preference given to local residents and with high levels of energy efficiency, design and landscaping.
The undertaking from the Community Housing Team confirming this agreement is included in the reconsultation response document and is publicly available both here and on the Parish Council website.
The community response to the reconsultation was 59% in support of the east of Ayleston Park proposal and 41% opposed. Every effort was made to address all reasonable questions and concerns raised. This information is available to the public both here and on the Parish Council website. Further, the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), which reviewed all sites in Modbury and concluded that the proposals in the NP were sound, is available below and on the Parish Council website.
The response document has been independently scrutinised by the Neighbourhood Plan Officer at SHDC who is satisfied that it is thorough and appropriate.
The Next Step
Modbury is required under national and local government plans to accept a proportion of new development. We have prepared a Neighbourhood Plan which offers housing suited to the needs of the community in an active co-operation with the SHDC Community Housing Team and a willing landowner. It is envisaged that the Parish Council will maintain a close and active interest in the project, ensuring that the original vision of the development is maintained.