A10-year development strategy for northern Devon will be outlined to councillors next week. The Local Strategic Partnership for the region will be reporting on its first year's work to the overview and scrutiny committee of North Devon Council. The Par

A10-year development strategy for northern Devon will be outlined to councillors next week.The Local Strategic Partnership for the region will be reporting on its first year's work to the overview and scrutiny committee of North Devon Council.The Partnership - comprising members of both North Devon and Torridge District Councils - wants the region to be "an economically vibrant place which, combined with an exceptional and diverse environment, offers an excellent quality of life for all its people and communities in a safe, healthy and sustainable manner."To achieve this, it will bring together organisations and local communities to work jointly, agree priorities and find resources to deliver better services, provide greater opportunities and tackle inequality.Aspirations are included in a number of theme areas, including Strong and Inclusive Communities; A Growing Economy; Homes and Housing; Inspiring Young People; Health and Wellbeing; and A safer Devon.Priority actions include the development of a new energy from waste plant as part of an overall waste management strategy; supporting towns and parishes to prepare a Community Action Plan; and deliver regeneration programmes for Bideford, Holsworthy, Ilfracombe and Barnstaple. Other places to receive priority attention will be Westward Ho!, Northam, Appledore and rural Torridge.A report to the committee said northern Devon was "an area of tremendous opportunities - strong communities, strong partnerships, low crime, a world class environment, increasing numbers of people accessing higher education in Barnstaple. We have much to build on in the coming years."Chairman of the Partnership is Devon County Council Leader Cllr Brian Greenslade.