Trying to foresee the future is difficult, particularly in town planning. There have been a number of development plans drawn up by Teignbridge District council (TDC) some with extensive consultation with residents. The most recent in 2010/2011 leading to the Chudleigh Masterplan, which is part of the TDC local plan.
Particular themes expressed by the population included:
TCEAC is committee of CTC formed in 2014 as a result of the masterplan, a more detailed scoping document has been produced, but this summary is to try and outline the issues.
Some concept designs have been done, but a feasibility study would be necessary to see what is possible.
Traffic flow and speed
Change is always difficult to cope with and there is a feeling that decisions are made without asking local residents. Consultation was very extensive in 2010/2011 including a town questionnaire and there was good response.
There is no doubt that the town population will increase over the next 10-15 years and we need to make plans so that retail opportunities are improved and the essential character of Chudleigh is not lost. During building work the trading businesses must be protected.
Town centre enhancement is already a feature of the TDC Local Plan. A feasibility study will look at ways to roll this out and make life better for vehicles, pedestrians, residents and visitors for the future.
Chair of Environment committee