Beer 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.


A Neighbourhood Plan Referendum was held on 8 November 2018. 25% of the electorate voted: 90% in favour of the Plan; 10% not in favour. The Plan has now been formally 'made' by East Devon District Council and will form part of the statutory development plan for the parish. Decisions on whether to grant permission for planning applications will now be made in accordance with the Plan (unless material considerations indicate otherwise).

Please click the link for a copy of the Plan: Beer Neighbourhood Plan PDF FORMAT

Please click the link for a copy of the Plan: Beer Neighbourhood Plan WORD FORMAT 

St Michaels Church Tower


The draft Neighbourhood Plan was submitted for Independent Examination in May.

Examiner's Letter
Beer Parish Council's response to Examiner's Letter 


The submission draft of the Neighbourhood Plan was formally submitted to EDDC in March for the Regulation 16 consultation process, 23 March - 4 May.

Beer NP Submission draft Feb 2018
Beer NP Consultation Statement
Beer NP Basic Conditions Statement


The pre-submission draft of the Neighbourhood Plan was subject to a six week consultation period running from 20 October 2017 to 1 December 2017 (with statutory consultees and other agencies with land or premises operating within the Neighbourhood Plan area)

Beer NP Pre-submission consultation draft Oct 2017
Beer NP Pre-submission consultation summary


Beer Neighbourhood Plan June 2016

In 2017, EDDC advised that as part of the Neighbourhood Plan process, a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and a Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) would be required.

Strategic Environmental Assessment
Habitats Regulations Assessment


Summary of Consultation to Date

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


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 Neighbourhood Plan/Sites Survey Consultation Report 2016 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


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. Please click on the following links to view:

The report which summarises public support or opposition to the emerging aims and objections (an exercise using coloured dots to indicate support or otherwise): Neighbourhood Plan Aims & Objectives Consultation Report 2015

The report which summarises additional feedback/suggestions made by the public (using post-it notes):
Aims & Objectives - additional feedback 2015


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 2014

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


Please click on this link for the Beer Housing Needs Survey 2013


In 2012, Beer Parish Council held an Open Day to consult with local people regarding the proposed development sites submitted by local landowners and assessed as developable by the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment Panel. Please click on this link for a copy of the SHLAA Consultation Report 2012.

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

Communications Strategy
Community Engagement Programme