Dear residents of Axminster,
You may have seen a recent communication regarding EDDC's consultation event on their emerging Local Plan,
to be held in the Guildhall on Thursday December 1st, from 3pm to 7pm.
The Local Plan is a document that sets out how EDDC considers that development including housing, business
construction and infrastructure (roads, facilities, etc) can best benefit the area.
The consultation will be in the format of an informal drop-in, allowing you to see and discuss EDDC’s plans for
the future to 2040, particularly as regards new residential developments.
In 2021, Axminster Town Council formed a steering group, along with local residents, to develop a Neighbourhood
Plan. Some of you will have responded to the initial consultation on this last year.
The hierarchy is that Local Plan sits above the Neighbourhood Plan.
Although the two plans are required to be fully aligned, for Axminster’s residents to have a direct say on future
developments, we need a Neighbourhood Plan. Directly from the Government's website, we see that:
A Neighbourhood plan is a way for communities to have a say in the future of the places where they live and work.
It gives you the power to produce a plan with real legal weight that directs development in your local area. It helps you:
• choose where you want new homes, shops and offices to be built
• have your say on what those new buildings should look like
• grant planning permission for the new buildings you want to see go ahead.
Although we will not be an integral part of the EDDC consultation, the Axminster Neighbourhood Plan Steering
Group will also be present in the Guildhall on December 1st to answer any specific questions you may have for us.
Our own Phase Two consultation will follow later in December so that you can respond specifically to us with
more knowledge of the broader picture that EDDC will be presenting at their consultation event.
We hope to see as many residents as possible on December 1st.
Thinking of our future.
Axminster Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group