Be Part of The Plan For West Devon
West Devon Borough Council is taking the first steps towards developing a new long-term strategic plan to help our communities to thrive
Being put forward in response to the newly evolving challenges and opportunities of the post-pandemic landscape, 'A Plan for West Devon' sets out the long-term strategic direction for the Council and Borough as a whole for years to come.
A Plan for West Devon will also include a number of key activities that are being led by partner organisations, but where the Council has an important role in supporting delivery of those schemes.
The report on the planned corporate strategy was discussed at the Council's Hub Committee meeting today, Tuesday 13 July 2021 where Members supported recommending to Full Council to commence a formal public consultation. The consultation is to ensure the views of residents, local business and visitors are included when the final priorities are agreed later this year.
Full Council will consider this recommendation on 20 July. If agreed, the public will be invited to share their thoughts on what is needed to make West Devon a better place to live, work and visit in a consultation running for six weeks.
While the formal consultation on the draft priorities will not commence until after Council on Tuesday 20 July, we are now asking you to share how you see West Devon as a place to live, work and play and what you hope for the future.
How to have your say
You can take a sneak peek at how the draft strategy is shaping-up so far at www.engagement.westdevon.gov.uk/planforwestdevon. This is a draft document and some changes will be made as a result of comments received during the Hub Committee meeting, before it is put forward for a full public consultation.
From 21 July 2021, you will be able to fill in our quick and easy survey at www.engagement.westdevon.gov.uk/planforwestdevon
If you can't wait for the consultation to start and you would like to get involved in shaping the context for the final plan - you can help us right now.
We want to know how you see West Devon as a place to live, work and play. Help us to paint a picture of the West Devon you know.
- Enter our photo competition - show us the West Devon you see: www.engagement.westdevon.gov.uk/photographycompetition
- Tell us what you think about West Devon as a place to live, work and visit: www.engagement.westdevon.gov.uk/aplanforwestdevonsurvey
The strategic plan will drive West Devon firmly forward in response to global and local issues. It will ensure that Council resources are used efficiently and effectively to deliver the priorities identified by Members and through the wider public consultation.
It has been developed so far using feedback from all Council Members. This means that from the outset the focus has been on the individual needs of communities across the West Devon, from our market towns to our moorland hamlets.
Looking to take every opportunity to support businesses and local people, the plan outlines eight core focus areas that will underpin the Council's work over the next 20 years. These are:
- Strengthening our communities - An area that our communities can be proud of
- Enhancing community wellbeing - Every resident is able to live a healthy and active life
- Improving homes - Every resident has access to a quality and safe home
- Stimulating a thriving economy - A Borough that attracts high quality employment opportunities and space for business to grow
- Growing our natural environment - An environment where people and nature thrive together
- Adapting our built environment - Planning for the future, celebrating the past
- Maximising Council resources - Making the best use of our resources
- Delivering inclusive and accessible services - A listening, accessible and caring council
As well as articulating the Council's vision and ambitions for the longer-term, the draft plan contains specific activities, which will be delivered in the short-term (next three years).
Further work will be undertaken to develop detailed delivery plans during the summer, with those detailed plans being considered alongside the final 'Plan for West Devon' in September.
Cllr Neil Jory, West Devon Borough Council leader, said:
"As councillors, we are continually reminded by residents that West Devon is a special place. From the wildness and beauty of the Moor, to the hustle and activity of our market towns, the legacy of our industrial heritage and the warmth and spirit of our communities, that evidence is around us every day.
"West Devon Borough Council and our partners are committed to working with and for residents, communities and businesses to improve and enhance the area in which we live and to ensure that a thriving, modern and green economy offers opportunities for all.
"Your involvement as we prepare our Plan For West Devon is fundamental to its success. We need to reach out to as many different people as possible to consolidate our understanding of the hopes and concerns of residents, businesses and visitors. Please do take part in our survey, enter our photo competition and tell us what you think about the West Devon where you live, work and play."
To see the report and draft plan, please click here: www.engagement.westdevon.gov.uk/planforwestdevon