Have your say on local economic strategy

The Civic Centre, Barnstaple

The Civic Centre, Barnstaple - Credit: Archant

Councils plan to maximise economic opportunities in the area – have they got it right?

LOCAL people and businesses are being asked for their views on an economic strategy for northern Devon.

The public has until Friday, May 10 to comment on North Devon and Torridge district councils’ draft strategy, which sets out what the councils will do over the next five years to maximise economic opportunities in the area.

The document identifies how jobs will be delivered to support the housing growth that is identified in the councils’ draft Local Plan.

The strategy focuses on providing a skilled workforce, encouraging enterprise and innovation, promoting the area to investors, developing Barnstaple and the regeneration of the key market towns in the districts.

Ellen Vernon, North Devon Council’s economic development manager, said: “The draft Local Plan identifies how many new homes we are likely to need over the next 20 years.

“The Economic Strategy tackles where the jobs are going to come from to match this housing growth and what we can do to support businesses and encourage investment in the area.”

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Vanessa Saunders, Torridge District Council’s lead officer for the economy, added: “This Economic Strategy provides a framework upon which the two councils plan to deliver on and work with partners to provide the foundations for lasting economic growth for the area and the creation of new jobs.”

To comment on the draft Economic Strategy, visit www.northdevon.gov.uk or www.torridge.gov.uk

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