Calstock Parish Plan 2005

Parish Plans were first introduced through the Countryside Agency’s Parish Plan Grant Scheme, part of their Vital Villages Initiative of the early 2000s. The grant programme enabled parish councils to apply for funding, to carry out  community consultation, to gauge the views of residents on how the parish should develop or change (if at all), over a 5 to 10 year period. The consultation process was also intended to strengthen the links between a parish council and its community.
The Plan was seen as a tool for change and statement of parish intent and feeling. The Plan took into account district and county plans and linked in with these, where appropriate, as well as any other strategies.
The Parish Plan, completed in 2005, is now somewhat dated, and contains many initiatives that are outside the remit of Planning to deliver, but never-the-less remains a useful input to the Neighbourhood Plan.
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The Legislation

The Neighbourhood Development Planning process came about as a result of the Localism Act of 2011. This gave local councils, such as Calstock Parish Council, the power to make planning policies that would become part of the statutory planning framework.

That means the local policies must be taken into account when the Local Planning Authority (Cornwall Council in our case), Governemnt Planning Inspectors, and even the Secretary of State for Communities and local Government, make planning decisions.

That gives us, the local community living in the villages and countryside of  Calstock Parish, a much better say in the future development of our area.

if you really want to see the legislative background, then have a browse of these documents:

Consolidated Planning Act 

Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012

Neighbourhood Planning (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

Neighbourhood Planning (General) and Development Management Procedure (amendment) Regulations 2016



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Locality National Network

Locality is the ‘national network of ambitious and enterprising community-led organisations, working together to help neighbourhoods thrive’.  The Government Department for Communities and Local Government has commissioned Locality to provide guidance on neighbourhood development planning and to administer a grants scheme.

Their website includes a short explanatory video, which you can find here:  ‘Understanding Neighbourhood Planning’

They have also produced an easy to understand guide, which you can find here: ‘Neighbourhood Plans Roadmap Guide’

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