A SUCCESSFUL open evening was held at Winkleigh Community Centre for people to see progress so far on Winkleigh’s Neighbourhood Plan.

By preparing a Neighbourhood Plan, a parish can have statutory planning powers that enable it to have more say in the future.

Using the Community Plan (published in 2014) and Village Design Statement (published in September 2016) as a foundation, Winkleigh Parish Council has decided to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan.

This is a statutory planning document that will sit alongside Torridge District Council’s Local Plan.

The Winkleigh Neighbourhood Plan has to fit in with the Local Plan and gives the opportunity to put more “flesh on the bones” of the Local Plan’s policies. It is also a chance to give statutory weight to some of the ideas in earlier plans.?Penny Griffiths, Outreach member, Winkleigh Neighbourhood Plan Group, said: “Hot topics included levels of future housing development and problems with speeding traffic, congestion, parking and road safety.

“The Neighbourhood Plan group is also gathering together information from a community questionnaire that has been circulating in the Parish.

“All this will help to draft the Neighbourhood Plan, the next big task in the work programme.

“Once the plan is drafted there will be another chance for those in the Parish to say whether they like its contents, before the plan is tested by a Planning Inspector.”

Full information about the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan can be found at:

Alan Quick