PLANS to create a neighbourhood plan for Bude has moved a step closer after a consulting firm was appointed by the authority.

A spokesperson for Bude-Stratton Town Council said: “Progress on the Neighbourhood Development Plan continues with the selection of Stuart Todd Associates as the consulting firm.

“Their quote of £3,397 for preliminary work has been accepted. A successful grant application has secured £4,481, covering consultancy fees and software costs.

“The completion of preliminary tasks remains on track for the end of March, with an opportunity to apply for further funding in April, potentially up to £10,000. The Council has approved the appointment of Stuart Todd Associates.”