About the Project
Welcome to Your Place ; your chance to help shape your community.
Long term planning is about the future of our communities:
- Creating and keeping great places to live;
- Making sure that we have jobs and services in the future;
- Protecting our environment; and
- Having enough housing to maintain decent living standards.
It is the Council’s job to take all these matters into account and to produce a set of policies that respond to the issues we face. Whilst we can be pleased to have increased local responsibility from the coalition Government, it’s also a major challenge:
- Looking ahead 10 or even 20 years, what kind of places do we want to live in?
- How do we allow them to change?
- What matters most as we look into the future at the social and economic issues that affect us?
It’s a task we need to take very seriously and with an open mind. It cannot be right only to think about our own immediate interests or views. We have to think ahead and question the assumptions we might normally make. If we don’t get our planning right, the consequences may not only damage us, they may damage the communities we thought we were protecting.
Local Development Framework
The Council has to produce its new Plan, the Local Development Framework, soon because all of its old planning policies are getting out of date. We’ve called the process Your Place because the plan is about just that.
To give focus and shape to Your Place , and to give a starting point for discussion we’d like you to consider the future of seven ‘characters’ that have been specially created. People like these characters live in almost every community. Not exactly like them of course, but we think you’ll recognise them. We’ve created them because they’re the kind of people who want a future in our communities and on whom our communities depend. They may not be like you; but we invite you to consider their situation rather than your own as a focus for the discussion.
Put yourself in their place; debate the issues from their perspective. Of course you’ll use your own knowledge and have your own concerns but try to apply them to these people as well.
A PowerPoint presentation (PDF, 185KB) has also been produced, which can be used to introduce your event and give the context of why the Council is asking you to take part.