Next step for North Devon and Torridge local plan

08:04 29 April 2014

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Blueprint for the development of the region over the next 20 years looks set to be approved by councillors before going out to consultation.

THE blueprint for how North Devon and Torridge will develop over the next two decades looks set to be rubber-stamped tomorrow (Wednesday) at a special joint council meeting.

Both district councils will meet at Barnstaple Hotel at 4pm to consider recommendations for approval of the document, which sets out where housing and employment land can be developed across both districts up until 2031.

It also contains chapters on the future development of each major town and village plus a chapter devoted to smaller rural settlements.

The overall plan aims to provide approximately 16,300 dwellings and 107 hectares of new employment land, 3,809 of those homes in Branstaple and 4,206 in Bideford.

Both the NDC executive and Torridge’s community and resources committee have already voted unanimously in favour the plan.

If approved tomorrow, it will go out to public consultation in May.

A consultation on the draft plan early last year saw 4,023 responses, with 964 general comments, 696 in support (17.3 per cent), 627 in support but with amendments (15.6 percent) and 1,736 objecting (43.2 per cent).

NDC Councillor Mike Edmunds has led the process at North Devon Council. He said: “This is the most important document that we as a council have to deal with. A lot of work has gone into it and it’s important to remember it is a long-term strategic plan. It won’t all happen overnight, it will happen over the next 15-20 years.”

Cllr Gaye Tabor, Torridge’s lead member for the natural and built environment added: “This is a prime example of the two councils working together towards a common goal. This framework will ensure housing, employment and infrastructure for the growth of our communities in the years to come.”

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