Masterplans for Torquay take another step forward – public exhibition with emerging ideas at Torquay Library 21 – 23 May 2014.
Torbay Council has appointed Mott MacDonald to prepare Masterplans that consider how Torquay Town Centre and Edginswell (Torquay Gateway) should grow and develop over the next 20 years and beyond, and has arranged a public exhibition and consultation event over three days, from Wednesday 21 May to Friday 23 May, at Torquay Library. The library is open from 9.30am to 6pm on Wednesday and Friday and 9.30am to 1pm on Thursday.
Masterplanning is a process designed to add fine detail to planning policy, for example, the Council’s new Local Plan, articulating what high quality development and public realm improvements could look like and how they can be enabled to happen.
Following on from two stakeholder workshops and public sessions held in early April, the public exhibitions will share the initial developing ideas and concepts. It is emphasised that these are initial ideas and there are no finalised plans for the areas yet.
In addition to being able to see the developing ideas for the masterplans, the public will also have the opportunity to see plans which are being put together by the Council for a new, additional railway station in Shiphay.
From Wednesday 21 May, the public will also be able to see the emerging masterplanning work on the Council’s website at http://www.torbay.gov.uk/masterplans; and submit comments online. Comments made at the exhibition and online will help inform the final masterplans which will be completed this summer.
David Thomas, Deputy Mayor and Executive Lead for Strategic Planning said: ‘Masterplanning is a great opportunity for people to help shape the future of areas they care about. That’s why the Council has put substantial time and money into four pieces of masterplanning work. Although it’s early in the masterplanning process for Torquay Town Centre and Edginswell, a large number of people have attended workshops and drop-in sessions. We’re very keen to share with the wider community what our consultants heard at those events and we want to hear people’s views on these very early ideas.
“These masterplans are being produced with a heavy emphasis on public and stakeholder engagement which provides a valuable basis for what they will produce as final proposals.”