Have your say on the future in North Devon and Torridge
NEXT week will see the beginning of a series of consultations over proposals that could transform the face of North Devon in the next 16 years. The draft plans of the joint Core Strategy document put together North Devon Council and Torridge District Coun
NEXT week will see the beginning of a series of consultations over proposals that could transform the face of North Devon in the next 16 years.
The draft plans of the joint Core Strategy document put together North Devon Council and Torridge District Councils form a blueprint which will guide the development of homes, jobs and infrastructure in the region until 2026.
Highlights include aspirations for 21,600 new homes with more affordable housing, 13,000 jobs, tackling climate change, tourism opportunities, new schools and health centres, new sports provision and open spaces, plus protecting biodiversity and wildlife corridors.
A major public consultation kicks on Thursday, January 21 at South Molton Pannier Market between 9am-2pm. See below for full list.
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Another 13 follow across North Devon and Torridge, with people invited to come along, find out more about the proposals, talk to council representatives and have their say.
The draft strategy and proposals are also online and people can comment by visiting either www.northdevon.gov.uk/corestrategy or www.torridge.gov.uk/ldf.
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As well as the mobile exhibitions, there will be displays running throughout the six week consultation period at the Civic Centre in Barnstaple, Ilfracombe Centre, Riverbank House in Bideford and the Amory Centre in South Molton.
"The Core Strategy is vitally important to all of us who live and work in northern Devon, and to our future generations," said North Devon Councillor Colin Wright, lead member for planning and development.
"I would urge everyone to find out what these draft proposals are and to share their thoughts with us now, so that their comments can be taken properly into consideration."
Torridge Councillor Miranda Cox, lead member for local development framework, added: "I encourage people to respond to this consultation because, though there are governmental policies we have to follow, we can affect how they're written. This may be if there are strong representations suggesting, for example, better and more energy efficient design of new buildings, in keeping with local distinctiveness, and protection of our beautiful landscape."
When the consultation closes, the councils will consider all comments received, before an amended version is produced. This revised document will be published next summer, when further comments will be invited. The Core Strategy will then go through to the Secretary of State and be subject to examination. Adoption of the Core Strategy is expected in late 2011.
* Exhibitions will be held on the following dates at venues across the region: Thursday January 21: South Molton Pannier Market, 9am-2pm
Monday January 25: Fremington Village Hall, 4.30- 7.15pm
Tuesday January 26: Halwill Village Hall, 2-8pm.
Wednesday January 27: Clinton Hall, Merton, 2- 8pm.
Thursday January 28: Town Hall, Bideford, 2- 8pm.
Friday January 29: Green Lanes Shopping Centre, 9am-5pm.
Tuesday February 2: Woolsery Village Hall, 2-7pm.
Wednesday February 3: Howe Concert Hall, Torrington, 2- 7.30pm.
Thursday February 4: Market Hall, Holsworthy, 2-8pm.
Friday February 5: Barnstaple Pannier Market, 9am-3pm.
Saturday February 6: Lantern Centre, Ilfracombe, 10am-1pm.
Tuesday February 9: Windmill Lane, Northam, 2-8pm.
Saturday February 20: Green Lanes Shopping Centre, Barnstaple, 9am-5pm.
Sunday February 21: Lantern Centre, Ilfracombe, 10am-1pm.