Across 2016/17 there were several pilot studies undertaken with councils around neighbourhood planning. Some of the material may still be relevant to current work but not necessarily fully inline with the current NPPF and PPG.
Planning Advisory Service
The next stage of the Calstock Neighbourhood Development Plan process is about to kick off following revisions made in the light of strong and supportive community interest.
During the formal consultation period on the draft Plan held in Autumn 2019 a total of 13 drop-in events were held at which 260 people had face-to-face discussion with NDP committee members on the Plan’s policies.
There were also 198 comment forms returned containing many helpful and useful comments. A few people had difficulty completing the questionnaire on-line, but these were returned by letter or email and manually inputted by parish council staff.
The website had 466 visits with 1442 views and 14 comments were left on the website (again, these were inputted onto the questionnaire).
Facebook had 16 posts with 872 views and 101 likes/shares. Twitter had 19 Tweets with 10 likes and 16 generated 25 followers.
Overall the public’s responses showed 96% support for the plan (52% outright support and 44% support with suggested modifications) with 4% opposing the plan. Of the responses received by statutory agencies none opposed the plan and most commented on its favourable material.
This reflects the effort made by the NDP Committee’s to ensure that the Plan contained many fo the ideas suggested by the community in earlier community engagement which had been set up to help ‘scope’ the range of issues to be covered.
The Neighbourhood Development Plan has now been amended to take into account the many useful and helpful suggestions made. It was submitted to Cornwall Council on 5th June 2020. After this Cornwall Council will consult residents and other interested stakeholders over a six week period, arrange for the Plan to be independent assessed, and then hold a referendum. This process will of course be affected by Covid-19 restrictions so may be delayed or altered.
NDP’s provide an opportunity to tackle the climate emergency as part of their role in delivering sustainable development. The Calstock Parish NDP Committee have researched the issues for Calstock Parish and have included a number of policies which support renewable energy production, the management of energy use in development, and dealing with the impacts of climate change.
The background evidence for these policies are available in detail here: Calstock and Climate Change