Be part of a Plan for West Devon

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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, the ‘Plan for West Devon’ sets out the long-term strategic direction for the Council and Borough as a whole for years to come. The 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 recently, 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 was set to consider this recommendation on 20th 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.The Council is 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 peak 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. You can now 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 right now. The Council want to know how you see West Devon as a place to live, work and play. They are asking for help in painting a picture of the West Devon you know.

• Enter the photo competition. Show them the West Devon you see: www.engagement.westdevon.gov.uk/photographycompetition

• Tell them what you think about West Devon as a place to live, work and visit: www.engagement.westdevon.gov.uk/
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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 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 as follows.

• 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 resources;

• Delivering inclusive and accessible services – a listening, accessible and caring council.

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.”

Author: Laura White

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