The Independent Examination of the Submitted Draft Calstock Neighbourhood Development Plan [NDP] has concluded and the Examiners Report has been considered by Cornwall Council, [which is the Local Planning Authority]. As a result, Cornwall Council has decided that the Neighbourhood Plan is fit to go forward for a Referendum of local people to decide if the Plan should be adopted. The Referendum will be organised by Cornwall Council.
As the Plan has been approved as ready for Referendum it will now carry significant weight in planning decision making.
Cornwall Council is working through a backlog of Neighbourhood Plan Referendums caused by the pandemic lock-downs. It is anticipated that the Calstock Referendum will be held in November 2021.
At the Referendum, all registered electors in Calstock Parish will be entitled to vote for or against the NDP. If the majority of those voting are in favour of the Plan, it will be adopted by Cornwall Council as a formal planning document which must be taken into account when future planning dapplications in Calstock Parish are decided by Cornwall Council, Planning Inspectors, and the Environment Secretary.
If the vote is against the NDP, then Cornwall Council will only take into account national and county-wide planning policies when it considers planning applications.
Local voters must decide which is best.
Plenty of notice will be given in advance of the Referendum.
Please use your vote when the Referendum takes place. It is important that the result reflects the will of the Calstock Parish community!
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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