Council woos public with engagement plans

PEOPLE in North Devon and Torridge are being told there's still time to influence how the area may develop during the next 18 years. North Devon Council and Torridge District Council are working together to produce a planning document, called the Core Str

PEOPLE in North Devon and Torridge are being told there's still time to influence how the area may develop during the next 18 years.North Devon Council and Torridge District Council are working together to produce a planning document, called the Core Strategy, which aims to highlight what can be built in the area, where it can be built and what it should look like. Initial feedback has been gathered following a consultation that ran from November 2007 to January 2008, and from that, a report and a draft "engagement plan" have just been launched. The plan highlights the importance of talking to and working with local people to get across the main issues highlighted through the consultation. It also shows how people and organisations can get involved further, with various presentations and meetings planned in the future."This new engagement plan shows that we are serious about listening and addressing everyone's views," said Councillor Des Brailey, Portfolio Holder for Community and Spatial Planning."However, we need the public to get involved to make this work. The Core Strategy draft is being published in October, so there is still time to help shape the future of our area."Chairman of the Joint Local Development Framework Group, Councillor Miranda Cox, added: "I hope people from all walks of life do get engaged in giving us their comments so we can do our best within limits set by government to make developments properly sustainable."To make commenting easier, a feedback form and a report on the various issues and options are available online at www.torridge.gov.uk/corestrategy and www.northdevon.gov.uk/ldf. The Engagement Plan can also be found on both websites, along with an opportunity for people to sign up to receive various updates.


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