Public encouraged to have their say on Ilfracombe

PEOPLE are being asked for their views on some of Ilfracombe's most recognised buildings and the special historic character of the town. A consultation is due to start on Thursday of next week, looking at the character of the town's conservation area. Th

PEOPLE are being asked for their views on some of Ilfracombe's most recognised buildings and the special historic character of the town.A consultation is due to start on Thursday of next week, looking at the character of the town's conservation area. The six-week exercise is aimed at gaining feedback from local people about North Devon Council's Character Appraisal, which focuses on three distinct zones:* Torrs Park - a planned Victorian development of large villa style buildings to the west of the town centre;* The High Street - and its surrounding terraced streets which are linked together by small alleyways and streets;* The Seafront - consisting of hotels and leisure developments along Wilder Road and the town's harbour.Councillor Colin Wright, Lead Member for Planning, says: "The council has put together what it believes are the key character areas of Ilfracombe. However, no one has a better idea of Ilfracombe than local people, and we need their views and suggestions so as to get a proper picture. We'll then use this information to help us with any planning policy guidelines, to ensure the character of Ilfracombe is protected and enhanced for future generations."As part of the consultation, the council's planning Policy team will be attending public events at the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe on Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23, as part of the SeaChange project. Everyone is welcome to attend to find out more about the Character Appraisal and to share their views.If you cannot make the events, you can still take part in the consultation, by visiting the website http://northdevon-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal. All views and comments on the Character Appraisal need to be received by the Council by Friday, June 12.


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