The neighbourhood plan for the Feock parish has been overwhelmingly supported by residents who turned out at last week's referendum.

There was a turn-out of 32.69 per cent with 87.6 per cent of those who voted, being in favour of the plan, which covers Carnon Downs, Devoran, Feock and Point and Penpol, being adopted and used by Cornwall Council to help it to decide planning applications in the parish.

Feock Parish Council said the approval of this important policy document will make a difference to local people as neighbourhood plans have to be taken notice of legally by all agencies involved in planning applications. It means that local views must be taken into account when planning decisions are made.

A spokesman for the parish council said: "The neighbourhood plan is a much wider document as it will ensure not only the right development happens in the right places in line with local need, but is there to protect the distinct character of the parish and area of outstanding natural beauty, to safeguard and enhance the natural and historic environment, to improve pedestrian and cycle links, support local businesses and jobs, protect and improve green and open spaces, enhance village hearts and gateways and protect existing and improve community facilities."

From referendum outcome, Feock Parish Council will now bring together its business plan and vision for the future of the parish.

Copies of the neighbourhood plan are available from the parish council office in Devoran or can be viewed online at