Neighbourhood Plan will aim to ‘preserve distinctiveness’ of Sid Valley

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Steering group starts to take shape after first public meeting

A project to shape the future of the Sid Valley will aim to preserve the ‘distinctiveness’ of the community in influencing development.

The chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan was officially voted in at the first steering group meeting on Monday and intends to create a workable document within an 18-month time frame.

Once adopted, the plan will form a blueprint to shape the future development of Sidmouth, Sidford, Sidbury and Salcombe Regis.

Chairman Deirdre Hounsom said: “I believe that most people who live in the Sid Valley feel we need to preserve our local distinctiveness, ensuring it is not lost while looking towards the future.


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“A robust Neighbourhood Plan can influence the design of future development, while ensuring our young people have places to live, work and play.”

Town councillor Louise Cole will act as interim deputy chair. Volunteer roles will be finalised at the next meeting on April 14.

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Information about the activities of the group will be published on the town council’s website.

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