A Few Words From….. Kingsbridge Town Council
Kingsbridge Town Council has been deliberating whether to kick start a Kingsbridge Neighbourhood Development Plan for longer than a Grateful Dead concert. Why? well to be frank all the ‘easy’ development sites in town are long gone and while we are left with some potential sites they probably all have issues of some sort which will need to be mitigated to ensure delivery. However, a neighbourhood plan could set out bespoke planning policies for Kingsbridge and such policies would be used to decide whether to approve planning applications. The plan would effectively be written by the local community, not the Town Council or the local planning authority. If it is done correctly it could get the right type of development in the right place. And it is not just about homes, for example a plan could protect specific open spaces. Some neighbourhood plans have been quite radical – think St Ives in Cornwall – and reflect the priorities of an area. Ultimately, the whole community decides at a referendum vote whether the local authority should bring the plan into force. However, because it is a legal document there are formal procedures to go through so you need to be in it for the long haul because these plans are not produced overnight. The quickest time to produce a plan is likely to be 2 years; longest time: let’s not go there. Still interested? Want to hear more? The Town Council has arranged a presentation from an experienced speaker who has been involved in over 50 neighbourhood plans across Devon at 6.00 p.m. on Wednesday December 6th in the Council Chamber at Quay House. You are all very welcome to attend just bring an open mind.
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