The ultimate success of The Plan depends on the Tiverton community supporting it. To achieve that the community needs to know about it
The main public consultation stages are:
- Informal consultation: To make the community aware of the Neighbourhood Plan as it develops, in order to achieve as much ‘buy-in’ as possible. We will be doing this throughout Summer and Autumn 2020.
- Regulation 14: The first statutory public consultation, which lasts for a minimum of 6 weeks, after which the Submission Version of The Plan is prepared, taking account of consultation feedback. We aim to do this in November and December 2020.
- Regulation 16: The second statutory public consultation, after The Plan has been submitted to Mid-Devon District Council. This lasts for a minimum of 6 weeks, after which the Examination Version of The Plan is prepared, taking account of consultation feedback. This is planned for March to April 2021, followed by the Examination in May 2021.
- Referendum: Mainly publicity around the Referendum, with the aim of maximising the turnout and the support for The Plan. It is hoped that the poll will take place in September 2021. It could be sooner, but it would likely clash with the main Summer holiday period.
This may seem like a long time to get to the Referendum, but there are many statutory processes to be undertaken and there are no short cuts.
Obviously, the Coronavirus pandemic restrictions mean that we will not be able to hold physical public meetings for the time being, so we will have to use alternative methods. We will likely use mass mailings and may do meetings using online collaboration technology.
This page will be updated as more detailed information becomes available.