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Neighbourhood Plan for Bishopsteignton

Your chance to shape Bishopsteignton

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

A Neighbourhood Plan is a long term plan for a community. It provides a way for communities to shape the future of the place they live in through the development of a vision for the area. It can include such things as:

  • Where houses, including affordable housing, and business premises should be built
  • Transport and access, including issues around roads, cycling
  • Protection and creation of green spaces, gardens, allotments
  • Protection of important buildings and assets including the conservation area
  • Development of village facilities such as for entertainment and leisure, health facilities, community centres and the village hall
  • An important additional requirement is to consider environmental aspects in general and to promote as sustainable a future for the area as possible

Why do we need a Neighbourhood Plan?

Neighbourhood Plans are one of the features of the Governments new planning and localism legislation. The Government recognises that local people are key in the local planning process with their understanding of community needs and concerns.

Teignbridge District Council is in the process of completinga 20 year Core Strategy for the whole area. While it is still being consulted on and therefore yet to be finalised, it's clear it will place considerable importance in Neighbourhood Plans. They will be significant documents and we all have an opportunity to contribute.

Who will produce the Neighbourhood Plan?

The Parish Council will be responsible for the production of the Bishopsteignton plan. It can decide the area it wished the plan to cover and has decided that it should cover the whole parish, not just the village itself. The council has asked for and formed a team of volunteers in the parish to work on the project. A vital aspect is to involve the entire community, from community organisations and local businesses to individual residents. As wide across section of input as possible must be sought. Once produced the plan needsto be adopted through a referendum.

The team will involve the community through meetings, leaflets and – importantly- through the village web site (www.bishopsteignton.org.uk/parishplan)

Please take every opportunity to give your views in shaping the future of Bishopsteignton.


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