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Neighbourhood Plan

Introduction to Neighbourhood Plans

A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future development, regeneration and conservation of an area. It is about the use and development of land and may contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities or allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development. It may deal with a wide range of social, economic and environmental issues (housing, employment, heritage and transport) or it may focus on one or two issues

A Neighbourhood Plan will be part of the statutory development plan for the area , if successful at referendum. This statutory status gives Neighbourhood Plans far more weight than some other local documents, such as Parish Plans, Community Plans and Village Design Statements.

A robust programme of community engagement helps make sure that a Neighbourhood Plan is based on proper understanding of the local area and the needs, aspirations and views of local people.

Once a Neighbourhood Plan has been completed it will have to be submitted to the local authority and then be subjected to an independent examination. The final stage is a public referendum where it is necessary to gain a 50% 'yes' vote to bring it into action.

Beer Neighbourhood Plan

This page will provide information from the Beer Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. From this page you will be able to access minutes and documents and will be able to take part in consultation exercises.


Click on this link for a copy of the draft Beer Neighbourhood Plan June 2016

In order to make the Neighbourhood Plan as accessible as possible to people, an Executive Summary has been produced - this is a much shorter version which details the proposed policies. Click on this link for a copy of the Beer Neighbourhood Plan Executive Summary 

During Summer 2016, the Parish Council carried out some community consultation on all aspects of the latest draft of the Neighbourhood Plan.  A specific questionnaire was also available about potential sites for new housing in the village.  

Click on this link for a copy of the Consultation Report which includes an analysis of the data collected and also records all of the consultation comments received.

The following documents include feedback from the Parish Council in relation to the consultation comments received: 

Consultation Form Part 2 responses & feedback

Consultation Form Part 3 responses & feedback


Community engagement is critical to the development of the Neighbourhood Plan - below is a summary of the consultation carried out to date.

In Summer 2016, a programme of community consultation was held, including a questionnaire about potential sites for new housing in the village. 

In November 2014, a community questionnaire was delivered to every household in Beer. The data was analysed and a report produced - please click on this link to view the report Community Survey Report


A public drop in event took place on Friday 6th & Saturday 7th March 2015 at the Mariners' Hall. Local residents embraced the opportunity to explore the emerging aims and objectives for the Neighbourhood Plan and to make a contribution to the process.

Preliminary consultation was carried out with community consultees and statutory consultees. See below for consultation responses received, which relate specifically to development in Beer:

Beer Arts Group

East Devon Ramblers

The following documents have been produced to help ensure that effective community involvement occurs throughout the process.

Communications Strategy

Community Engagement Programme