PEOPLE are to be asked how they d like to see Barnstaple develop in the future.   North Devon Council s Executive members agreed to outline plans which would see local people being asked for their views on three different growth options for the town.   Cl

PEOPLE are to be asked how they'd like to see Barnstaple develop in the future.

North Devon Council's Executive members agreed to outline plans which would see local people being asked for their views on three different growth options for the town.

Cllr Colin Wright, Lead Member for Planning and Development, said: "Earlier this year the government announced it would no longer be imposing housing targets on local authorities. Instead, councils are now responsible for identifying their district's own housing needs. Standing still and doing nothing isn't an option. Therefore, we are keen to hear what local people think about these three different options, which would help us shape the direction Barnstaple moves in up to the year 2026."

Levels of growth are not just about future housing numbers, but also relate to options for economic growth, provision of new infrastructure and community facilities. The three options are:

* substantial growth - which could lead to about 6,000 new homes, new job opportunities, regenerating brownfield sites, new recreational and leisure facilities, improved networks for cycling and walking

* moderate growth - which could lead to about 4,500 new homes, more limited job opportunities and more limited opportunities to enhance public open spaces

* restricted growth - which could lead to about 3,500 new homes, provide limited new employment land and protect the character of the town and the green spaces within it

Details of when and where the public consultation will be held are yet to be agreed. However, these will be released when they have been confirmed.

The views and comments that are gathered as a result of the consultation will then be used as evidence to help decide on appropriate levels of growth for the town. This will feed into the draft Core Strategy, which sets out the vision for the district up to 2026.