This is an update on the Parish Council's Neighbourhood Development Plan.
What is a Neighbourhood Development Plan?
- A Neighbourhood Plan sets out a vision for an area and planning policies for the use and development of land.
- It will be about local rather than strategic issues.·
- The plan needs to be compatible with national policies and Cornwall policies.·
- It should be focused on guiding development rather than stopping it.·
- If adopted by Cornwall Council, it will become a statutory plan used in making decisions on planning applications.
- It can help to identify what community infrastructure projects are needed
Why should we have one?
- It allows the Parish to have more input into planning decisions made by Cornwall Council
- Certain developments pay a levy to Cornwall Council. The amount passed on to the Parish increases if we have a Neighbourhood Plan accepted
So far, we have canvassed the Parish for comments. As you may expect, a wide variety of views were received! Of main concern was the loss of amenities in the Grampound. This was before we lost the village shop yesterday. Concern was also shown about vehicle speeds through Grampound, as well as parking. The areas of housing were also covered in your comments but there was no consensus over whether we should seek more affordable/social housing in the village or whether no more development was desirable.
Unfortunately, less than 4% of the leaflet surveys delivered were returned. To have the Plan adopted by Cornwall Council, we will need to show strong local support, which we are some way off doing.
The Next Step
It is clear that we need to do more work to come up with a coherent plan which the majority of the Parish feels it can support. If you did not complete the original leaflet, I would urge you to now contact your Parish Councillors with your views so that they can be taken into account (contact details on the Parish Council page of the Grampound with Creed web-site http://www.grampound.org.uk/parish_council/index.html).
Finally, much of the preparatory work for the Neighbourhood plan was done by Allan Webb and Paul Fisher to whom I would like to extend grateful thanks for their efforts.