Following the high level of response to the detailed community survey of St Wenn Parish residents and businesses held earlier in 2020, the Steering Group acting on behalf of the St Wenn Parish Council have published the first draft of the Neighbourhood Development Plan for the area. When it is finally agreed the Plan must be taken into account when planning applications are decided by Cornwall Council, Planning Inspectors, or the Government.
Steering Group chairman Colin Shapter said ‘It’s a new type of plan that has come about from the Localism Act 2011. It gives everyone who lives in the parish the democratic right to be involved in drawing it up, and when it’s written, the plan has to be agreed through a local referendum, in which everyone on the local electoral roll gets a vote’.
‘The writing of the St Wenn Neighbourhood Development Plan is the opportunity for everyone in the Parish to have a real say as to how sustainable development will be done locally – for example how new housing should look, the type of new business and jobs, protecting Greenland recreation spaces. It can also set standards for low-carbon development, and influence where renewable energy generators are placed. It can do all that from a local viewpoint, helping to guide the way the higher level county-wide and national planning policies are applied in St Wenn Parish’.
An explanatory leaflet is being distributed to every household in the Parish and residents, businesses and other interested parties are asked to view the new Plan online and then to comment on its proposals and policies. Colin added ‘Because of Covid we can’t hold the ‘drop-in’ sessions and public meetings we were planning, but instead are extending the consultation period through to 11th January 2021, and sending the summary leaflet to as many people as we can reach. All the documents are on our website – ndp.stwenn.co.uk
Please let us know if you need to see a printed copy of the full document and we will do our best to get a copy to you by post’.