PEOPLE in Scarborough will get the chance to have their say in how the area could develop over the next 20 years.
Scarborough Council has launched a massive public consultation process which will eventually form the blueprint for the borough’s development.
David Walker, the council’s forward planning manager, said that once the information from public surveys and questionnaires had been collated they would be used to form the Local Development Framework – a series of documents that will gradually replace the Local Plan over the next few years and provide the policies and site allocations that will determine where – and how much – development takes place.
He said: “We’d like to encourage people to get involved in this. Ultimately the Local Development Framework is how we manage things.”
Mr Walker added that planning was often contentious and it was important to identify local assets that people and communities valued the most.
He said: “Planners at the council continue to grapple with a host of important issues as part of the planning process – this survey is a chance for residents themselves to influence the future policies that will ultimately determine whether some planning applications are granted and others rejected.”
Four area-specific documents have been produced for the About My Area survey – the Scarborough Urban Area, Whitby and surrounding villages, Filey and southern parishes and northern and western villages.
They will cover several areas including: business and industry; town centres and retail; tourism; open spaces, sport and recreation; community infrastructure; and renewable energy
Steve Wilson, a senior planning officer who wrote the consultation document, said that housing was not included because that area had been investigated extensively over the past few years.
He said that transport was a more difficult area for Scarborough Council, because it was controlled by North Yorkshire County Council, but people could still have a say.
He said: “The Park and Ride crops up from time to time. Do we need any more sites for the Park and Ride? We are asking the public these questions. The bus station in Scarborough is always a hot topic.”
He added that another “hot topic” was renewable energy and windfarm developments.
He said: “Wind turbines seem to be the ones that crop up in this area but there are other methods available such as biomass. Do they support renewable energy and, if so, what are the best methods?”
Jill Low, the council’s planning manager, said that part of the survey would be to ask the public to identify suitable sites within the borough. She added: “That’s why we’d like people to complete the questionnaire because it asks specifically for their views on a number of issues. We really do want to engage the local community – it’s really important that we get a good cross-section of people’s views.”
Copies of the documents are available to view at council offices, local libraries and can be provided on request (paper or CD copy). Residents can also view the material and leave comments via easy-to-use specialist software at http://scarborough.limehouse.co.uk/portal
Additionally, the council is holding a number of exhibitions around the borough for residents to attend on:
l Hunmanby Community Centre, Thursday June 30, between 3pm and 8pm
l Filey Evron Centre (room 21), Monday July 4, between 3pm and 8pm
l Ayton Village Hall, Thursday July 7, between 3pm and 7.15pm
l Newby and Scalby Community Hall, Thursday July 14, between 2pm and 6.30pm
l Whitby Coliseum, Tuesday July 19, between 3pm and 8pm
l Scarborough Town Hall, Friday July 21, between 3pm and 7pm
l Cayton Jubilee Hall, Tuesday July 26, between 3pm to 8pm.
People who would like further information are urged to contact the council’s Forward Planning Department on (01723) 232480 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org