OPPORTUNITIES for new shops, homes and businesses are being opened up through Torquay's first planning blueprint drawn up by the community.
The new Neighbourhood Plan has the delicate task of balancing the needs for housing and jobs growth with preserving Torquay's unique environment over the next 20 years.
The draft master plan drawn up by volunteers over the past 12 months highlights several sites around the town for potential development.
It also looks at sites suitable for large scale enhancement of the town centre and harbour side area while at the same time emphasising the need to protect and enhance existing green areas and open spaces.
The key areas looked at include the town centre from the harbour to Castle Circus and surrounding area and the gateway between Hamelin Way and Torre Station.
They also looked at areas such as Abbey Road/Melville Hill area, and issues such as transport, the harbour and night time economy.
The Neighbourhood Plan is being drawn up alongside Torbay Council's new Local Plan called A Landscape for Success which sets out a strategy for Torbay as a whole.
Torquay is expected to provide sufficient space to deliver an average of 375 jobs a year totalling 7,500 jobs over the 20-year period, and 150 to 200 homes a year, totalling up to 4,000.
The latest progress on the Neighbourhood Plan will be unveiled at a public meeting on Monday, December 3.
Torquay Neighbourhood Forum, with the Princes Foundation, are holding the meeting from 6pm to 9pm at the Riviera International Conference Centre.
The forum is keen to hear what residents think before finalising the plan.
A survey has been created together with a brochure which can be seen online at www.torquaynp.org
The forum is open to anyone who lives, works or carries out business in the town.
It also welcomes contributions from groups and organisations.
For information on how to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to the website.