New town plan to cut red tape
IT IS good news that the region will soon have a new planning scheme which, at first indications, appears to combine common sense with sensibility.
Though the proof will be in the pudding.
Planning councillor Ian Petersen seems genuinely excited by the new document, which took four years to complete and which Mayor Ron Dyne has already described as a "tortuous process".
The scheme has acknowledged the extreme duress many of the region's rural producers and entrepreneurs have laboured under in recent years, and aims to pave the way for them to carve out new or slightly skewed niches in the same sector.
It also aims to nurture economic growth, cut red tape and herald the start of a prosperous new era for the entire region.