Many of you will have taken part in helping to produce a Parish Plan for our community, either through public consultations or workshops for which I thank you. The Parish Plan Group, which has the support of the Parish Council, has made steady significant headway against a background of changes to the planning system and the Localism Bill. These changes have given greater strength and empowerment to the community.
West Devon Borough Council has been evolving and changing also, in response the new legislations. The” Plan-It “process has been introduced by WDBC enabling local communities and parishes to have their final plans recognised and endorsed by the authority and its partners. It will give clear evidence of community priorities for the next 10-15 years, which will be used to determine future developments.
The Plan-It process has three basic stages:
a) establishing a Plan-It Management Group of around 9-11 local people
b) consultation with the community through a questionnaire
c) feedback questionnaire results at an event, agree community priorities and write the Community Plan.
WDBC will also give our process greater support and assistance. It will, however, still be the community's plan and through the Localism Act have greater strength. All the work put in by the community will enable us to move forward with the” Plan-It”process.If you have taken part already or would just like to know more, then please come along to Hope Cottage on Wednesday 11th April at 7.30 pm All will be welcome, young or old .