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A Roadmap for the Future

"Ancient Roots, Future Foundations"

NP Group Terms of Reference 

Can we:

  • Influence housing development in the village?

  • Protect and enhance the village centre and its services?

  • Decide how money on new infrastructure is spent?

  • Collect money from developers to help overcome traffic and parking problems?

  • Choose where industry and employment go?

  • Protect important open spaces and green areas?

  • Look after our heritage and things we value?

  • Make sure Winkleigh thrives as a place to live and work?

The answer to all these questions is YES. By preparing a Neighbourhood Plan, the 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, the Parish Council has decided to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan. This is a statutory planning document that sits alongside Torridge District Council’s Local Plan. Our Neighbourhood Plan has to fit in with the Local Plan (we can’t for example stop development that Torridge has identified) 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 our earlier plans.

There is a lot of work to do to make this a reality. Along the way there are opportunities for everyone to get involved. Before our Neighbourhood Plan becomes a statutory document it will have to show how the community has developed its shared vision and policies, undergo an Examination in Public and also be endorsed by a community referendum.


Neighbourhood Plan Group Members




Full Document,



NP Consultation response analysis 

NP Consultation response comments

Business Consultation Response Summary 

Hamilton-Baillie Traffic Survey Report April 2018 - available from the Clerk (upload issues to website)

A small group, reporting to the Parish Council, has been set up to drive the work forward. Look out for news about progress and for chances to get involved. There will be regular updates in Distinctly Winkleigh. If you would like more information about the process (you can find out more on http://www.locality.org.uk/.) or feel you have the skills and energy to help, then please contact Adrian Mercer 01837 83841 Cllr.Mercer@outlook.com or The Clerk 01837 89095 Melanie Bickell winkleighpc1@btconnect.com 

Torridge District Council Neighbourhood Plan web page info:-

Acknowledgement of Receipt 30th January 2017

Meeting Notes
9th December 2016 notes
19th January 2017 notes
13th February 2017 notes
20th March 2017 notes
24th April 2017 notes
22nd May 2017 notes
12th June 2017 notes
10th July 2017
7th August 2017 notes
28th August 2017
11th September 2017
21st September 2017
9th October 2017
6th November 2017
17th November 2017
12th December 2017
15th January 2018

19th February 2018

4th April 2018 Notes 

16th May 2018 

13th June 2018

18th July 2018

1st August 2018 

20th August 2018

10th September 2018 

17th October 2018 


7th November 2018, 2pm Sports Centre