First draft of Bay blueprint out for public consultation
THE first draft of the blueprint which sets out how Torbay may change and grow over the next 20 years is out to public consultation.
An improved economy, providing more good quality homes and enhancing the Bay's beautiful environment are key targets for the new draft Local Plan document called A Landscape For Success.
It also includes proposals for some major developments including a third harbour for Torquay, a Northern Arm for Brixham and sports facilities at Clennon Valley.
Between now and Friday, November 9, residents are being invited to comment on the ambitious plan.
Cllr David Thomas, deputy mayor and executive lead for strategic planning, housing and energy, said: "We need to plan for a successful Torbay, where there are opportunities to improve the economy, provide good quality homes and enhance our beautiful environment. We need to be ambitious, otherwise we will fail to get the best for Torbay."
The plan aims to create 750 jobs a year in Torbay, around 3,750 jobs in the next five years (see page 9).
It prioritises economic growth and new jobs for the Bay. That includes some innovative proposals to breathe new life and vitality into Torbay's town centres, policies to secure 1.5 jobs per house, and promotion of investment into core tourism areas.
The five key aspirations are:
economic recovery and success
a better connected, accessible Torbay
protect and enhance a superb environment
make of the most of climate change
more sustainable communities and better places.
Torbay's unique environment is said to be at the heart of the plan.
The plan tries to make the most of the benefits that the new South Devon Link Road.
Torbay mayor Gordon Oliver said: "This plan focuses on those outcomes and, specifically, what we need to do over the next five years.
"Critically, it plays to the Bay's unique strengths — its natural and built environmental qualities, its harbours, its people and its brand as the English Riviera.
"It does not shy away either from the challenges, for example ambitious economic recovery, improving skills and using local labour, urban renewal, and careful balancing of jobs and housing."
Cllr Alison Hernandez, executive lead for involved and healthy communities, said: "We are taking a lead nationally on Neighbourhood Planning, having set up a Neighbourhood Planning Forum in each town to encourage even more community involvement in planning.
"No other unitary authority in the country is covering all of its area with Neighbourhood Plans and preparing a new Local Plan in tandem with those plans.
"This draft Local Plan has evolved with significant input from Torbay's residents, businesses and communities. It is important for people to continue to be involved."