Plymouth Moor View MP, Johnny Mercer, is throwing his support behind the new Joint Local Plan for Plymouth and South West Devon.
Following on from earlier consultations on the Plymouth Plan, the new Joint Local Plan enables Plymouth, the South Hams, and West Devon, to look strategically at housing development and protecting vital green spaces.
Local residents, community groups and neighbourhoods are encouraged to look at the plan and discuss how it will impact them. They are also urged to offer up ideas and suggestions of sites in their neighbourhood or around the City which could be used for vital housing, or green spaces which should be protected for future generations. By engaging with the community in this way, Plymouth and the surrounding towns, villages and rural communities can work together to ensure the 22700 new homes needed in the Plymouth area can be built in sustainable locations.
Speaking as the Joint Plan begins its six week long consultation period, Mr Mercer said:
“I welcome the brilliant community engagement on this project. Engaging with local communities and neighbourhoods is essential if the residents of my constituency, and the people of Plymouth as a whole, are going to own the future of our city and the surrounding area.
“I encourage local community groups, neighbours and businesses to work together to come up with ideas for the best areas for development, and the green spaces they want to safeguard.
“Plymouth has a need for new homes, and at the same time it benefits from being the greenest city in the UK. Finding the balance between building homes and protecting valuable greenspace is achievable, it just requires the people of Plymouth to get involved.”