Borough Council supports the West Devon community

Our Full Council today, Thursday 20 February, has formally adopted its Council Plan for 2024-2028 along with the supporting delivery plan for the first year.

The Council Plan sets out the eight key priorities which include tackling housing challenges, protecting the environment, strengthening the local economy and enhancing health and wellbeing across the Borough.

For the next year, we have agreed to take forward the following projects all linked to our key priorities, to:

  • lead on environmental concerns and take direct action to combat climate change and biodiversity loss including supporting community energy groups, increasing electric vehicle charging points.
  • delivery of Okehampton Parkway Station and Integrated Transport Hub.
  • support Network Rail and Devon County Council with the development of the business case to reinstate five miles of track and deliver a new single platform station at Tavistock.
  • improve the energy efficiency of 55 properties by awarding Homes Upgrade Grants.
  • work with housing associations and community land trusts to improve the number of affordable, safe and good quality homes delivered for our residents.
  • apply a leisure centre access schemes for Children in Care and Care Leavers
  • identify tree planting opportunities with Plymouth and South Devon Community Forest.
  • develop a plan for preserving Tavistock’s Duke of Bedford Cottages

Cllr Mandy Ewings, Leader of West Devon Borough Council, said: “I’m delighted that the Council have agreed the proposals and adopted The Council Plan and supporting Delivery Plans. These plans will help to meet the many challenges that we as a borough-wide community face. They are well thought out measures which will help us to do what we need to help our residents with affordable housing and the many other housing challenges there are. Working hand in hand with our communities, partners and businesses, we have projects to protect the environment and to strengthen the local economy, with a view to boosting employment. All of these things will of course lead to better health and wellbeing.

“We will continue to do all we can to support our residents’ wellbeing and to protect the Borough in the future. We are dedicated to delivering our commitments as set out within The Council Plan and the connected Delivery Plans.”

To find out more information on each of the reports discussed during Full Council, go to:

The meeting can be viewed in full on West Devon Borough Council’s YouTube channel

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