Council launches draft neighbourhood plan

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 November 2019 | UPDATED: 13:08 02 November 2019

Clevedon Pier.Picture: Craig Auckland / Fotohaus

Clevedon Pier.Picture: Craig Auckland / Fotohaus

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Identifying housing sites for young families, protecting public open spaces and developing the heart of Clevedon are some of the ideas put forward in the town's neighbourhood development plan (NDP).

The NDP steering committee saw more than 200 people attend the launch of its planning consultation at its council offices, in Old Street, on October 26.

The document describes a series of proposals and recommendations which could 'help shape the town's future development'.

The proposals will look to tackle issues surrounding Clevedon's aging population, affordable housing, heavy volumes of traffic and parking.

The plans include calls for a greater provision, and use, of public transport to tackle the town's carbon footprint, as well as enhancing Clevedon's cultural assets, such as the Curzon Cinema, and providing more recreational areas.

The committee also wants to define a local hub for the town centre, and it will work to make Clevedon a 'growing, thriving and self-reliant town' by 2036.

Founding member of the plan's steering group, North Somerset district councillor Mark Crosby, said: "It was great to finally reach the moment where we could unveil the plans to the community.

"Anyone who has been involved in preparing these ideas will know how much effort it takes to get it to this stage.

"It's now up to the wider community to make it their plan."

People are encouraged to submit their feedback on the plans, as the draft proposals will eventually be sent to North Somerset Council.

The authority will then assess the proposals, which will ultimately be decided on by people living in Clevedon via a referendum.

Steering committee chairman Cllr Carl Francis-Pester said: "The feedback we have received from this stage of the consultation will be used to help further guide and form Clevedon's neighbourhood plan in future.

"It will then presented back to the community, prior to being submitted to North Somerset Council, for its scrutiny, which will then be assessed for a formal, independent examination."

The draft neighbourhood development plan can be viewed online, at www.clevedonplan.uk

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