Residents set to go to polls over future visions for Newton Poppleford & Harpford, Otterton and Farringdon

Residents in Farringdon, Newton Poppleford and Harpford, and Otterton will go to the polls on May 6 to vote over future visions for the respective villages.

Householders have a chance to vote on whether neighbourhood plans – which will help shape developments in the areas for the next decade – should be adopted.

The referendums follow extensive community consultations from parish councils.

If residents back the blueprints, the documents will be used by East Devon District Council (EDDC) to help influence how planning applications are determined until 2031.

Once adopted, neighbourhood plans are key documents with a legal status which influence the future shape and development of the areas they cover over…

If more people vote ‘yes’ than ‘no’, then EDDC will ‘make’ the relevant plan and it will become part of the statutory ‘development plan’ for the district.

Polling stations will be at Farringdon Village Hall, Newton Poppleford Village Hall, and Otterton Village Hall respectively.

An East Devon District Council spokesperson said: “Once adopted, neighbourhood plans are key documents with a legal status which influence the future shape and development of the areas they cover over.

“As such, we encourage all residents eligible to vote in these referendums to ensure they are registered, and to turn out to vote on the day.

“There are currently 19 adopted or ‘made’ neighbourhood plans in East Devon and therefore, should the referendums be successful, the addition of up to three more will significantly increase neighbourhood plan coverage in the district.”

Information on the referendums is available here.

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