Neighbourhood plan vision outlines 'thriving' future for Clevedon

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 August 2017

Clevedon Pier.

Clevedon Pier.

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Clevedon will become a 'thriving' and 'prosperous' town over the next 20 years, according to an approved vision of its neighbourhood development plan.

A document outlining how the town will look in 2036 has been revealed ahead of a consultation period next month.

The plan’s objectives include creating a Destination Clevedon brand to promote shops and attract visitors, and also to protect green spaces and sports facilities in the town.

The published vision states: “By 2036 Clevedon will be a thriving, prosperous, self-reliant town which provides for both its population and that of the rural hinterland, as well as a popular destination for visitors, shoppers and innovative business development.

“There will be local, regional and national recognition of Clevedon’s protected historic heart, cultural and environmental assets and coastal setting.

“The town centre will become a thriving local retail, service and innovation centre fulfilling the needs of residents and the surrounding area, complemented by other established specialist shopping streets.

“The employment base will have strengthened, allowing more opportunities for residents to work locally and to maintain a sustainable demographic profile.

“Enterprise and innovation will have increased the number of higher value and worthwhile jobs particularly around cultural, digital and environmental industries.

“Increasing numbers of those who travel to work outside Clevedon will make the journey by public transport, cycle or shared car journey.

“Access by public transport within Clevedon and between the other towns will be improved.

“New housing will contribute to the community’s sustainability by prioritising affordable housing, designed for life, meeting demographic needs and contributing to carbon reduction.”

A list of issues facing development over the next 20 years has also been published, with problems including parking, an ageing population and insufficient public transport links named as obstacles.

The plan can be viewed at www.clevedon.gov.uk or to give your thoughts, email clevedonneighbourhoodplan@gmail.com

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