Futures Forum: The District Council: housing numbers and neighbourhood plans: "It is important that we should encourage all our settlements to make themselves sustainable for the sake of generations to come."
There's also money in the pot:
Futures Forum: More funding for Community Rights >>> “This Government has trusted local people and given them new rights, introduced by the Localism Act, so they decide how to run their community."
And meanwhile, there's an increasing demand that any such planning be 'bottom-up':
Futures Forum: "A crisis of imagination” when approaching "the horny question of development in the future" >>> "the higher we go in the organisations that should be responding there is less and less creativity, less and less imagination."
In which case, it is very encouraging that the Town Council is being very proactive on the issue:
Futures Forum: Sidmouth Town Council: first meeting following elections >>> reports >>> Neighbourhood Plan >>> Knowle Public Open Space
It is understood that the council meeting of Monday 6th July will have the Neighbourhood Plan on the agenda:
Town Council Meetings - Sidmouth Town Council
Meanwhile, the subject is gaining more and more interest nationally:
Authority goes localAuthority goes local | The Sunday Times
Here is the article in full:
The Sunday Times