OUR CHUDLEIGH : A CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR SAY
Late last year I reported on the Town Council’s decision to proceed with the preparation of a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) for the parish. The Town Enhancement Committee, under the chairmanship of Cllr Mike Underwood, is acting as the steering committee and has established an NDP Team which has five groups working on the major issues so far identified :
Steady progress is being made by all five groups and the steering committee has recently agreed a draft Vision and Objectives.
The next major step will be the public launch of the plan making process at a half-day exhibition in the town hall on the afternoon of Saturday the 22nd April. Everyone attending will have the chance to comment on the Vision and Objectives and discuss the issues with members of the working groups. We need to know whether you agree with what has so far been done : are the Vision and Objectives right for Chudleigh, are there any other current issues that can be dealt with by the Plan?
At the end of the event we should have sufficient information to produce a questionnaire that will be delivered to every household in late spring. If all goes to plan, the draft NDP, called the pre-submission version, should be published in the early autumn and we will then be on track to complete the Plan sometime next year.
So please put the 22nd April in your diaries and come along to the town hall in the afternoon. All those attending the exhibition will qualify for a treat!
CHUDLEIGH NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN
Vision and Objectives
A Vision for Chudleigh
Chudleigh shall retain its distinctive character, resulting from its unique location and thousand year history, while providing for the needs of current and future generations in an environmentally sustainable manner, giving them access to a wide variety of well designed housing, excellent health and education facilities and improved community and leisure facilities. The town centre shall become a safer and more attractive place in which to live, work and shop.
Housing : to ensure that new housing, over and above that which has been allowed for in the Local Plan, is tailored to meet the needs of those local people :
- who are unable to afford open market housing or
- who wish to provide their own housing or
- who are unable to find housing that is designed to meet their specific needs.
Employment and the Local Economy : to safeguard the most valued existing employment land and encourage the provision of additional employment land so that a vibrant and more locally focused economy can be developed, with less need for commuting.
The Natural Environment and Landscape Setting : to protect and celebrate the local wildlife, and its habitats, and Chudleigh’s location at the foot of the Haldon Hills and within one of the most picturesqueparts of the Teign Valley.
Indoor Community Facilities : to meet the anticipated needs of the growing population, new indoor spaces shall be provided and existing facilities improved to ensure that there is adequate provision to accommodate education, sport and drama and to allow them to blossom.
Outdoor Community Facilities : to meet the current and anticipated demand for outdoor activity, existing sports facilities shall be enhanced and new facilities, including links to the area’s growing cycleway network, shall be provided.
The Town Centre and Conservation Area : to protect and enhance the town centre and the wider Conservation Area through the implementation of the agreed town centre improvements and the application of high standards of design in all new developments and other works.