Dawlish has become one of the first communities in the country to be given radical new powers to help residents play a greater role in determining the future of their town.
A series of events during May and June will see residents asked how their community should develop over the next 20 years as part of a pioneering trial of new neighbourhood planning powers designed to give local people a greater ability to shape development in their area.
The neighbourhood plan will provide for new homes, jobs, community facilities and infrastructure to meet the future needs of the Dawlish area.
Teignbridge District Council is one of only 17 ‘front-runner’ authorities in the country selected to take part in the Government’s Neighbourhood Planning Partnership project. The council’s ‘front-runner’ status means that it will receive a £20,000 grant and the support of the Department of Communities and Local Government to develop a neighbourhood plan for Dawlish in partnership with the local community.
A Neighbourhood Planning Steering Group has been established with community representatives from the Dawlish area. They will work with council planners to provide opportunities for residents to be involved in shaping this new plan through various community planning events. Residents will be invited to share what they like best about Dawlish, what they think could be improved and what could be added to make the town better. In addition to drop-in exhibitions a community planning workshop will take place to explore issues affecting the Dawlish area and potential options for future planning to best meet the needs of the community.
A draft Neighbourhood Plan will be prepared taking into consideration the views of the community and drawing from other plans and strategies, which have already involved public consultations. There will be public opportunity to comment on this draft plan before it is independently examined and subjected to a public referendum. The final Neighbourhood Plan will be used to inform a new Local Development Plan for Teignbridge.