Questionnaires are launched

Finally, the residents questionnaires have been distributed over the last few days and the local business questionnaire is available on-line.

Why did it take so long? Initially, because of other pressures on team members and then it was realised that the decision by West Devon Borough Council to switch from its Local Plan [then nearing completion] to a new Joint Local Plan with Plymouth and South Hams Councils, meant that new issues needed to be reflected in the questionnaires.
The result, we hope, is a residents questionnaire that reflects the latest thinking by both national and local planners and is comprehensive enough to avoid the need for further surveys, as we get further on in the MACKPlan process.

It's a whopper!  At 20 pages, it can't be denied that it's quite a read, but because it covers two main areas and several different local issues, no-one has to fill in all of it. Also, because we have included plans of potential development sites, possible Local Green Spaces, etc, they take up a lot of space.

Despite the efforts of local parish councillors and, in Chillaton, the use of an email village newsletter service, the arrival of the questionnaire on everybody's doormat will often be the first time people become aware of some of the issues it covers. That is likely to be especially so as regards the potential development sites in Milton Abbot and the indicative housing figure of 20 homes set for the village by West Devon Borough Council .

Chillaton is currently well represented on the MACKPlan team, but we really do need more members who live in Milton Abbot, to strengthen our support for residents considering potential development sites and other issues.  If you're not already a member and would like to find out more, please contact me at

If you have the opportunity, please encourage people to complete the questionnaire and send it in by 4th September.  The more feedback we get, the better MACKPlan will be and the simple message is "If you don't fill it in, you can't influence the outcome."

Also, if people are unclear as to how to tackle a particular question or someone hasn't got a pre-paid return envelope, didn't get a questionnaire or there's some other problem, please ask them to call me on 01822 860378.  [Some questionnaires to more remote locations have been sent by 2nd class post rather than be hand-delivered, so they may still be on their way this week.]

In case you need them, here is the link to download more copies of the residents questionnaire
and to the local business survey

Best regards

Howard Asbridge
MACKPlan team
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