It is now May 2022, so where are we now?
Following the success of the last public consultation at the Gildhouse on Saturday 12 March, we are preparing for a follow-up public consultation. We are aiming to do this at the end of June or in July before the school holidays. At that event we will provide a further update of our activities and hope to launch a new questionnaire. A copy of the March presentation can be found via the link below.
We are also looking to finalise the parish Local Landscape Character Assessment Survey, hopefully in the next month or two. This survey will provide the evidence required to underpin the policies set out in the Neighbourhood Plan. Once this is complete there will be a public consultation to present the results of this work and if timing permits this will be at our summer event.
Poundstock Parish Housing Needs Survey
A Housing Needs Survey was undertaken in the parish in the autumn of 2021. A report of the survey has now been produced by Cornwall Council. A copy of the report, together with a Survey Responses Report can be found via the link button below.
Aims and Objectives
These comprise a series of statements which try to encapsulate your vision for the parish. They will form the basis for the policies that are written out in the Neighbourhood Plan. The statements have evolved as we learn more about how you see the parish. The statements, together with your comments on them, can be seen via the link button below. Do let us know what you think by emailing us at NDP-SG@poundstock-pc.gov.uk
What is a Neighbourhood Development Plan?
The Localism Act 2011 introduced a new type of community led plan ‘The Neighbourhood Development Plan’. Under the Localism Act Parish and Town Councils can write a NDP for their area giving the local community a chance to create a vision and planning policies for the use and development of land in the parish or neighbourhood. It is an exciting opportunity for communities to become directly involved in planning policy.
The area designated for our Neighbourhood Plan is the parish of Poundstock. A map of this area can be found by clicking the link below.
Where does the Neighbourhood Development Plan fit in?
- National Policy: National Planning Policy Framework
- Cornwall Policy: Cornwall Local Plan
- Parish Policy: Neighbourhood Development Plan
Neighbourhood Development Plans (NDP) can set out local level planning policies for the area, shaping future development. Once the plan is made, it will become part of the Local Development Framework, and will be a material consideration in the determination of planning applications. Subject to conforming to National Planning Policies, the Cornwall Local Plan strategic policies, an independent examination and gaining support through a referendum of residents, this plan will be adopted as a formal planning policy by Cornwall Council. Once adopted this means that planning decisions in Poundstock will have to be made in accordance with the Neighbourhood Development Plan.
Who prepares the Poundstock Neighbourhood Development Plan?
The plan, which is led by the Parish Council, can set out local level planning policies for the area, shaping future development.
The process for Poundstock, was commenced in 2017, when the area for the plan was designated, that area is the Parish of Poundstock which is far reaching and diverse including Bangors, Helscott, Millook, Tregole, Treskinnick Cross, Trewint & Widemouth Bay
What is the Poundstock Neighbourhood Development Plan?
Poundstock Parish Council has formed a Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, it consists of Parish Councillors, community representatives and business owners , reporting directly to the Parish Council.
The Steering Group was formed so that the work involved in producing the plan was legally followed, with a band of volunteers and representatives of the Parish Council. The work of the Steering group was to initially formulate a programme of consultation to capture the views of the electorate on the matters that concerned them currently, or what they wished for the future, these would be the Objectives. The consultations would lead to data analysis of the objectives that needed to be shaped and prepared as policies for the plan that will become part of the Local Development Framework, and would be a material consideration in the determination of planning applications for the Parish.
Once the draft plan is prepared, it is subject to scrutiny by Cornwall Council to ensure that it conforms to National Planning Policies, the Cornwall Local Plan strategic policies. The plan will then be subject to an independent examination and having gained support through a referendum of residents, the completed plan will be adopted as a formal planning policy by Cornwall Council. Once adopted this means that planning decisions in Poundstock will have to be made in accordance with the Neighbourhood Development Plan.
It already has been and will continue be a long and arduous process, reliant on support and participation from everyone in the Parish. The Steering Group is just a conduit to prepare the plan for everyone who wishes to either safeguard the Parish from unsuitable development or promote where development would be best placed in the Parish. It is a development plan written by and for the community………… it really is up to YOU.
When the final document is written and has passed all of the relevant checks you will be asked to vote on it (as you would in an election). If 50% of those that vote agree that it is acceptable it will become an official document (a made Plan) that will be used to determine planning applications against. This is an important document and it is important that we get it right. Your help in that process is appreciated.