Axminster Neighbourhood Plan

As an integral part of Axminster Town Council’s overall responsibilities, it is required to develop a robust plan containing its consideration of all aspects of land use and impacts of such across the whole Parish of Axminster. To this end it is embarking on a new phase of developing this Neighbourhood Plan with stage 1 very much being to understand the needs and views of all our residents and others that use the Town.

This web page will continue to contain information regarding the development of the Neighbourhood Plan and any relevant issues, results, comments and news.
To embark on this first stage we are asking as many people as possible to complete a survey of overall needs to help steer the council to make the most strategically suitable recommendation.

Thank you for your support and keep an eye on the Plan development.

The Axminster Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

The Plan


In the Spring Axminster Town Council began the process of producing a Neighbourhood Plan, enabling local people to set out a positive vision to guide how our community develops over the next 10 - 15 years, in ways that meet identified local needs. The words “identified local needs” are important, since to be sustainable, the Plan must take the views of the community fully into consideration.

An important early step is an initial consultation, to ensure that objectives set by the Plan reflect community needs, wants and desires. We are therefore asking residents of both the town and surrounding areas, as well as non-residents who work in Axminster - and even visitors and those just passing through, if they wish - to fill in a short questionnaire. This should only take about five minutes to complete, and from this initial feedback, the group will be able to focus on the key issues, and to develop a robust Plan which responds to them.

The final Plan will take around two years to produce, and to ensure that this is achieved, Axminster Town Council has established a steering group, made up of councillors and residents. Once adopted, the Plan will form an important element of the Town & Country Planning process (which governs all changes which require planning permission).

There may be follow-on surveys, and there will certainly be consultation events and conversations, that will focus on specific topics.

You can access the survey in a number of ways:


Consultation Survey - Options

To complete the Consultation and submit it online, click on the link below:

Online Neighbourhood Plan survey 

We urge everyone to have their say. That is everyone, not just one person per household, the whole household.

The deadline for completing the survey is September 30th, 2021

Paper format:


  1. To download the form in MS Word format, click on the document link below then save and complete the form and then print it.  Return as below.
  2. Collect from one of the outlets around town listed below.  Alternatively, contact Axminster Town Council on the telephone number or email at the top of this page and ask for a copy to be posted to you.  Complete and return using one of the options below. 
Neighbourhood Plan survey - MS Word format



Collect a paper copy from one of the following places:

o Axminster Guildhall
o The Cornerhouse Bakery
o The Waffle House
o Central Convenience Store, Millwey
o Raymond’s Hill Post Office

You may return the survey into a collection box at one of the above locations or by post to

Neighbourhood Plan Survey Team,

Axminster Town Council,

5 West St, Axminster

EX13 5NX.

We urge everyone to have their say. That is everyone, not just one person per household, the whole household.

The deadline for completing the survey is September 30th, 2021