Villagers in Lynton and Lynmouth asked to have concluding say on development of their area for years to come.

PEOPLE in the twin villages are being invited to have their say during the formal publicity stage of the Lynton and Lynmouth Neighbourhood Plan when it starts tomorrow (Thursday).

The blueprint on the future of the area covers a range of issues such as new housing, business or community development.

It is now one of the most advanced Neighbourhood Plans in the country and the publicity stage runs until July 12.

David Wyborn at Exmoor National Park Authority explained: “Any comments received will be passed to an independent examiner, and if that is successful then there will be a referendum before the end of the year.”

It follows a consultation on the proposals in the plan by Lynton and Lynmouth Town Council earlier this year, following extensive community consultation and involvement.

“If we are successful then this will help boost the delivery of affordable housing, enhance community facilities as well as encouraging business development,” said the Mayor, Councillor Suzette Hibbert.

“I am delighted we have been able to advance the plan to the next stage.”

County Councillor Andrea Davis, who led the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, said it was a new process, but a powerful tool in allowing local people to have greater say on the planning policies for their area.

The plan can be viewed by following the link from the National Park Authority’s website www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk and copies will also be available for inspection at Lynton Town Hall, Lynmouth National Park Centre and Barbrook Community Information Room.