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Plan for Paignton's future reaches 'important stage'

By Herald Express  |  Posted: November 10, 2012

KEy issues: David Watts, chairman of Paignton Neighbourhood Plan Forum

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TWO public meetings will help almost 300 volunteers from Paignton who have been working for a year to produce a new-style blueprint for the future of the town.

When finalised, the new Neighbourhood Plan and the council's new Local Plan will be used to make future decisions on all planning applications in Paignton over the next 20 years.

David Watts, chairman of the Paignton Neighbourhood Plan Forum, said: "We have reached a very important stage. We will be addressing key issues in specific locations so far identified by our community.

"The Prince's Foundation will be helping us to do this. They have considerable experience and have been funded by central government to help local communities like ours to produce the plan."

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The first public meeting will concentrate on the town centre and seafront area. It will be held at Paignton Library at 7pm on Monday, November 12.

The second will concentrate on the Collaton St Mary area and will be held in the Parish Hall at 7pm on Tuesday, November 13.

Mr Watts added: "Both meetings will be open to anyone interested in the future of these areas.

"Each meeting will start with a presentation on the work so far carried out by the forum and the key locations that need community views on how they should be presented in the final plan."

Feedback from the two events will be taken forward in a workshop being held with other volunteers from the forum on November 14.

Mr Watts said: "This is a real opportunity for our local community to get involved with the nitty-gritty that never usually gets discussed."

The Prince's Foundation has been funded by central government to help teach and demonstrate sustainable development, placing community engagement at the heart of their work.

The forum and the foundation hope to attract to the public meetings as many members of the local community as possible.

To join the forum, or find out more, log on to www.paigntonneighbourhoodplan.org.uk

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