This is now closed. The response was amazing, with just under half of households in the Parish sending in a reply.
What were the results? Not surprisingly, the most strongly supported aspects of St Wenn Parish’s character is its countryside and landscape, local wildlife and biodiversity, and the peace and tranquillity of the area. The local sense of community is also prized. Therefore, people think that it is important for the NDP should include policies to cover these issues. Protection for green spaces, measures to tackle climate change, the size and design of new homes and other buildings and making sure that some affordable housing is available is also supported.
On housing, strongest support is expressed for infill development, with some rounding off and brownfield land development, but the idea of new small estates, conversions of mobile homes to permanent dwellings and the merging of adjoining homes into one larger dwelling is unpopular. As to the type of new homes to be provided, family homes and homes adaptable for the elderly so they do not have to move away in old age receive most support, followed by affordable rented or owner homes to meet local needs. The concept of providing much larger homes to attract businesspeople into the area is not supported.
People think that 2nd homes restrict the amount of housing available to local people, force up local house beyond reach of local people, and could effect the viability of the local school and community facilities. It is thought that 2nd homeowners may demand that agricultural and other rural businesses are restricted. An overwhelming majority support a restriction on 2nd homes.
Turning to business and tourism, the majority agree that more businesses should be encouraged to set up in the parish. However, whilst agriculture and small workshops are supported, people are much less keen on tourism, with a large number feeling neutral about its benefits. People who run a business in the Parish think that to support them they need more workshop space, storage and office space. Returning to tourism, people are very opposed to individual mobile homes, holiday villages and touring caravans, although tent sites are less resisted. If such tourism facilities ae to be allowed, they should be only in places where they do no harm to or enhance the landscape and natural environment or disturb existing residents.
The protection of green spaces is strongly supported, although few additional sites to the list presented were identified. People support the protection of community facilities such as the playground, village hall and car park, and suggested that the school and Church should also be included.
Referring to heritage and design, strongly supported candidates for ‘local listing’ are the Church and School, but many people suggested that there were no such candidates. On design matters, control over the number of storeys, height, and size of buildings, relationship with adjoining development and use of local/traditional style materials (eg granite, slate) are seen to be most important.
On climate change, people are in favour of more wind turbines, but only just so. However there is good support for a community energy project, and for measures to ensure that development has a small ‘carbon footprint’. The use of thermally efficient building materials, loft and wall insulation and double glazing, and sensitive fitting of energy efficiency measures in heritage properties is particularly well supported.
On the issues that are strictly outside the remit of the NDP, support is strongest for lowering speed limits and improvements to public paths, but traffic calming measures are less popular. The biggest environmental concerns are fly-tipping, littering, and dog fouling. General comments made by people focus on the need to balance the natural and heritage qualities of the area which are very important to residents, whilst supporting the ability of the community to enjoy modern ways of lifestyle and access good services, housing and business opportunities.
The geographical spread of respondents is well balanced, with 35.5% living in the countryside outside villages, and the remainder in the four main settlements. In terms of age range, the majority are 45-64 years old (51.7%), but 35% are 25 to 44 and 6.7% are in the 17 to 24 age range, which is a good spread.
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The Survey Results, along with the Evidence Base, have helped us to write the St Wenn Neighbourhood Development Plan.
You can see a copy of the original survey form here: