'Last chance to have a say on Budleigh Salterton neighbourhood plan'

PUBLISHED: 12:30 24 November 2015

Plans will be discussed by the council.

Plans will be discussed by the council.

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Views of children, students and young families are needed to help shape Budleigh Salterton for future generations.

There are just 11 days to go until the Budleigh Salterton neighbourhood plan questionnaires must be returned. So far, around 360 completed surveys have been received.

The steering group putting together the town’s neighbourhood plan – a government-led project to give people a greater say over development where they live – is keen to include the views of younger residents as they will benefit in the long run.

The group pushing for improvements to secure Budleigh’s future will next week canvas a group of St Peter’s Primary School children, asking for their input with tailor-made questions about the town.

Students from Exmouth Community College, Colyton Grammar School and Bicton College, who live in Budleigh, have also been invited to contribute.

With questionnaires due to be returned by November 30, the group is also asking people who may have inadvertently thrown away the survey – thinking it junk mail – to pick up another from the town council offices at the Public Hall, Budleigh Library or the town’s Tourist Information Centre.

Neighbourhood plan chairman Roger Sheriff, who is also secretary of Budleigh in Business, said: “For the younger generation, in 15 years’ time when the plan finishes, their generation will be 30. The younger ones will be in their mid-20s. They may have a family of their own, think about settling in the town and think ‘I would like a home in Budleigh Salterton’.

“We have got to generate as many opportunities for the community as possible. It shouldn’t just be the older generation.”

He added: “The secondary school children will have the whole questionnaire.

“With the junior ones, we will get them into little groups so they can discuss it among themselves. We will ask them things such as what they like about the town.”

Independent consultants will analyse the results for focus groups to develop a draft plan based on the majority views. In June, everyone will be able to comment on the first draft of the plan.

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