Almost 400 help planning blueprint for future
ALMOST 400 residents have just given their comments to Paignton Neighbourhood Forum to help the volunteers which is producing the new-style Neighbourhood Plan.
This completes the second of three stages the volunteers have been working towards in their own time for over a year.
When finalised, the Neighbourhood Plan and the council's new Local Plan will be the blueprint used to make future decisions on all planning applications in Paignton over the next 20 years.
Among the proposals supported were encouraging the Picture House back into life as a tourist attraction, greater use of the steam railway attraction as a tourist gateway, encourage more use of the wide pavements for outdoor cafés, encourage sympathetic improvement of the walkway canopies and explore the options for pedestrianisation.
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Other aims supported by respondents include to make more of the tourism and retail offer, improve points of arrival and connectivity, protect the local identity and ensure there is balanced development.
David Watts, chairman of the Paignton Neighbourhood Plan Forum, said: "This is a truly magnificent response from our community that really does matter. We understand it has been a much larger response than given to the draft Local Plan and will help both plans to get it right."
The results came from a six-week consultation carried out by the forum before Christmas.
Questionnaires with plans were used to get community views on the aims and draft proposals so far identified for key areas in Paignton.
Mr Watts added: "We are all new to this way of producing a statutory plan, which is all about achieving a community led approach that gives a much more inclusive opportunity for our community to influence how we want Paignton to meet future needs.
"The next stage involves putting the proposals together for all other parts of Paignton which we are aiming to complete in draft by the spring."