Futures Forum: Neighbourhood Plan > interim report on Port Royal to be presented to councils 19th July
This will be fed into the Scoping Study consultants' own work:
Futures Forum: Neighbourhood Plan: final household survey launched > and the Port Royal Scoping Study
As reported in the Herald:
Survey revealing residents’ views on Port Royal shared with study
neighbourhood plan - Latest Sidmouth and Ottery News - Sidmouth Herald
Meanwhile on the Town Council website, the Neighbourhood Plan steering group gives some more context:
NEWS 2nd Household Survey - Report of the Port Royal Section of the Survey is Now Available to View
The second and final household consultation is now closed and the response has been incredible. Over 1800 households have completed the online or paper survey to tell us their views about future development and how this impacts on the natural and human-made environment, our housing and the community who live in this beautiful valley.
Thank you to everyone who responded – we really appreciate the time and effort you gave to tell us your views which will help ensure that the Neighbourhood Plan truly reflects the wishes of the community.
We are now hard at work analysing the surveys and will produce a full report in September.
However, a concept idea for the Port Royal area in Sidmouth has been developed by consultants as part of a scoping study to assess the feasibility of redevelopment of the area. The study has been commissioned by Sidmouth Town and East Devon District Councils, who are the major landowners of the site, and is the first step in exploring options for the area. They are currently undertaking a public consultation on the concept ideas.
While the Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group is not associated with any group or campaign concerning any other issue that affects the Sid Valley, and our neutrality is governed by our objective to make a Neighbourhood Plan which is evidence based through robust public consultation, we think it is important that the views and opinions about Port Royal from the 1863 households who completed the survey should be fed into the public consultation. We have therefore fast-tracked the analysis on the Port Royal section of the survey and this has now been provided to the consultants and both councils.
NeighbourHood Plan - Sidmouth Town Council
And with comment on the dedicated NP website:
2nd Household Survey – Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan
The Neighbourhood Plan process has to be neutral - despite the pressures out there to voice an opinion:
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: anticipating a Regeneration Board >> Scoping Study consultation > strong views on eastern town proposals
And yet, it is clear that certain themes and demands are emerging from all the consultations with the public:
Futures Forum: Neighbourhood Plan: "Sidmouth’s eastern end is run down and needs to be regenerated, but any development in the town needs to be sensitive and appropriate to the environment."