Housing Features Strongly In First Round Of Consultation

hugh town housesPlanning Officers are pleased with the response from across the islands to the first stage of their consultation on what should be in Scilly’s new Local Plan.

That’s the document which will set out how our land will be used for the next decade and beyond.

The Council ran a series of open events across the islands last week, finishing up with a session in the Town Hall on Saturday morning.

Planning Officer Lisa Walton said around 80 people had attended to give their views on St Mary’s, while good turnouts were also seen at similar sessions on St Agnes and St Martin’s.

However, she said the numbers on Tresco and Bryher had been a bit disappointing.

Chief Planning Officer Craig Dryden said people had given a wide range of views although the hot topic was housing and plans for up to 120 new homes to be built.

Craig said this wasn’t necessarily about increasing the population on the islands, but responding to changes in the way people live, such as older people wishing to downsize to a smaller property.

Islanders gave their views on subjects ranging from conservation area status to offering help for Hugh Town premises to tidy up their shopfronts.

The consultation period is open until the 17th July and the documents are available on the Council’s website.

They’re hoping to submit the new Local Plan to the government for approval next summer.

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