Neighbourhood Plan for St Tudy.
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St Tudy Parish Council are presently considering a local plan to help protect the environment around the village. They plan for a future where St Tudy Parish has a well-balanced demographic of people without any overdevelopment of green areas around the village and countryside.
Government targets have specified around a million homes have to be built in England before 2030 and 60,000 or so of these are to be built in Cornwall. Areas around the village are being purchased by developers with this in mind and the current legislation supports building homes to meet government targets.
The page below contains links to information regarding the above situation.
Click the links below to open PDF downloads about the official Neighbourhood Planning process
Councils are able to claim up to £100,000 a year to help communities start a neighbourhood plan. Planning minister Nick Boles has announced a £7.5million boost to help communities develop their neighbourhood plans. A further £25,000 can be obtained for plans that successfully pass an examination. There are already many communities developing neighbourhood plans.
Please use the following link to access the article:
As explained by St Minver Lowlands at the meeting in Camelford on 22nd October 2013. Following the demise of District Councils, who all had a strategic planning policy in place, Cornwall became a Unitary Authority.
The Birth of Cornwall Council.
The Government in Westminster said ‘if you want to become a unitary authority you are certainly encouraged to do so but you will have to write your own rules, tailored to local need. You will have to manage your own affairs, budgets, housing, business and so on. You must devise your own Planning Policy, Strategy and Guidelines suitable to meet local needs.’ This signalled the end of National Strategic Planning.
Cornwall Council now started work on a Planning Strategy for Cornwall. They put Neighbourhood Planning at the top of their list. At last, Town and Parish Councils WILL have influence over what decisions are made.
If Town and Parish Councils have a Neighbourhood Plan it will be considered first and before any input on a decision by County.
At the time of writing this, Cornwall has NO Planning Policy in place.
Any developer may approach a landowner, or a landowner man approach a developer, money changes hands and a planning application may be submitted to Cornwall Council. In limbo, with no Planning Policy yet in place, Cornwall Council cannot say NO to a developer. They can only adhere to Central Government Guidelines at this point in time. At the moment Central Government wants to ‘re-boot’ the economy and feel the best way is to ‘build our way out of recession’.
A choice for Town and Parish Councils is:
Devise their own Neighbourhood Plan and have real influence over development in our towns and villages or Don’t have a Neighbourhood Plan and accept, with good grace or without, what Cornwall Council believes is good for towns or villages.
A few important considerations before starting a plan.
You MUST commit 100%, with other committee/forum members, to work together.
You should ITCH!
I = Involve all members of your community.
T = Talk to as many people as you possibly can.
C = Consult, consult, consult.
H = Help people to understand, and appreciate, what you are doing. What a NP means for them, their children and grandchildren, their village, their environment.
Look at your boundaries, draw a circle around the area you have decided could accept and absorb small scale, needed, development. Inside 30mph limit? Extending outside 30mph limit? Outskirts of town or village? Town or Village centre, Brown Field Sites only?
REMEMBER: A Neighbourhood Plan cannot say ‘No development here, thanks’.
It has to show POSITIVE, sustainable, growth for your community, be it large, medium or small, houses, business units, flats, rest home, sheltered housing, extending the school, making provision for a shop, post office, doctors surgery, up grading roads etc.
Project Time: Approx. 18 months.
Cost: (St Minver) Approx. £6000 plus £7000 grant from Government.
1. Discuss in Town/Parish Council.
2. Form working party of Councillors.
3. These Councillors engage with local residents to co-opt residents onto Neighbourhood Planning Committee.
4. Meet to elect Committee/Forum Chair.
5. Pool knowledge to find expertise in design, local knowledge, *IT skills, researchers etc.
6. Committee members go out and talk to clubs (art, sewing, WI, music, drama, archery, keep fit, badminton, yoga, line dancing, and so on) groups (carnival, lighting, etc.) schools, residents associations, local businesses, entertainment centres. Explain the reasoning behind a Neighbourhood Plan, and get a feel of local needs and wishes.
7. Meet to compile a questionnaire.
8. Print the questionnaire. Option: In house, outside body or organisation.
9. Address envelopes. Option: In house, outside body or organisation.
10. Include stamped, self addressed envelope for postal return.
11. Post out questionnaire to every house in Parish. Include 2nd homes, holiday lets, retirement homes (get names of residents).
12. Analyse replies when received. Option: In house or using IT *expert.
13. Prepare draft plan to present to inspector.
14. If he/she approves your plan, prepare for local referendum, paid for by Cornwall Council. If not approved, make recommended changes, resubmit and prepare for referendum. It would pay dividends to use Cornwall Council advisors to get plan right first time.
15. If referendum shows a majority in favour of plans’ proposals, prepare final draft.
16. Sit back and watch your Neighbourhood Plan in action for the next 5 years.
You can see the 'activity stages' of a Neighbourhood Plan on this link:
Apparently, once made, a Neighbourhood Plan cannot be repealed, overlooked or ignored. However there seem to be exceptions to this and Crantock's Plan is notable in this regard.
There are also 'rural exception sites' which may fall outside of a Neighbourhood Plan. Where the County Council deem that there is a need for affordable housing they may overrule a local plan to allow development.
Many villages have a local environmental plan which is not an official Neighbourhood Plan. These have no legal value in the eyes of the planners or County Council but are a useful way for communities to work out what is of value to them.
Lostwithiel has a good example of a non-official Neighbourhood Plan and you can see a summary document (designed by St Tudy Parish Clerk) of their town forum's plans here:
or the full document on this link: