Calstock Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan Now Ready for Submission to Cornwall Council
The pre-submission draft of the Calstock Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) was published for consultation with the local community from 3rd September 2019 to Monday 21st October 2019. The Neighbourhood Plan Committee has analysed and considered what the community, local organisations and national consultees said about the Plan in the 200 responses received. The Committee’s recommendations on changes to the draft NDP to address these responses have been agreed by Calstock Parish Council. The revised version of the NDP is now ready to be submitted to Cornwall Council.
The revised version of the NDP and the supporting documents is available by clicking on this link: Submission Draft Calstock Neighbourhood Plan Documents
The evidence material behind the Plan can be accessed through this link: Calstock NDP Evidence Base.
What Happens Next?
After the draft NDP is submitted, Cornwall Council will check it for legal compliance with the rules governing Neighbourhood Planning. When this is complete the Council will consult residents and other interested stakeholders over a six week period. [NOTE: In view of Covid-19 restrictions this process may be delayed or modified to ensure public safety] Any comments received will be collated and sent for independent assessment by an Examiner appointed by Cornwall Council with the agreement of Calstock Parish Council. If the Examiner believes that the Neighbourhood Plan meets all of its requirements a referendum will take place which will allow residents to decide whether the Neighbourhood Plan should be used by Cornwall Council to determine planning applications in the Calstock Parish area. [NOTE: Due to the Covid-19 emergency, the referendum will not take place until May 2021 at the earliest. in the meantime, if after the independent examination Cornwall Council indicate that the Plan should proceed to referendum, it will be given significant weight in planning application decision-making until the referendum result].
Calstock Parish is an amazing place! Looking out into Devon across the beautiful Tamar Valley, it is set on the East Cornwall and Kit Hill moorland fringe, and dives steeply into the Tamar Valley. The Parish includes rare and sensitive biodiversity, and a geodiversity that has been exploited over many generations in surface and deep workings, now recognised as being of World Heritage importance. The river itself has had an industrial role, offering communications for both agriculture and mining, but is now appreciated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Eight villages and many hamlets are scattered across this precious landscape, including Calstock itself set snugly into the meanders of the river, whilst above villages such as Drakewalls and Gunnislake dominate the higher ground. The communities of these settlements include people whose families have lived locally for generations, and also more recent residents attracted by the excellent quality of life available in the area.
But there are challenges: the affordability of housing, relatively low wages, loss of green-space to development pressures, access to modern services and facilities, air-pollution, the changing balance within our community, and global environmental change to name a few.
The Calstock Parish Neighbourhood Plan provides us, local people who live here and love where we live, with the opportunity to have a real say in the way these challenges are tackled, so that our present needs are met without harming the ability of future generations to meet their needs. That is the essence of sustainable development.
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