POLL OF THE WEEK: Will a neighbourhood plan help Clevedon grow?
PUBLISHED: 12:43 08 June 2018
Ideas for how Clevedon can develop over the next two decades will be discussed next week.
A ‘town conversation’ consultation event will be held where leaders of Clevedon’s neighbourhood plan will talk about the progress which has been made.
Cllr Carl Francis-Pester, chairman of the plan’s steering group, said a recent town survey had given a crucial insight into how the people of Clevedon see it developing.
Neighbourhood plans have been created in areas including Backwell and Claverham, while other areas, including Yatton are working on their own.
The documents seek to guide how communities develop up to 2036 and beyond, answering questions such as what level of development people would be happy to see, where it could go and what their neighbourhood needs to prosper.
The plans have, in some areas, prevented unwanted housing developments from taking place – Charles Church’s desire to build 220 homes at Farleigh Fields was rejected on appeal partly because Backwell’s neighbourhood plan said the area should be protected.
Cllr Francis-Pester said the neighbourhood plan’s ability to shape policy show their value.
He added: “Neighbourhood plans now carry increased weight in the decision-making process.
“The feedback we have received so far has highlighted a number of challenges for Clevedon including the future re-generation of the town centre.
“The growing demographic imbalance within the town and the serious implications this will have on housing, medical and education provision – and the need to continue to protect and enhance what makes it such a great place to live.”
The event will be held on Monday at Clevedon Baptist Church, in Queens Square. It starts at 7.30pm.
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