The Cornwall Local Plan is the main planning document for Cornwall and the Calstock Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan must be in accordance with it: we cannot include policies that oppose or have the effect of opposing the Local Plan policies.
However, the Calstock Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan can ‘add value’ to the Local Plan, by interpreting its policies to take in to account local circumstances, and by covering those local issues that the Local Plan, being for the whole County, cannot cover.
For example, our Neighbourhood Development Plan could identify where necessary development should be located, re-affirm village development limits, provide for additional controls over design, support local projects, enable developments which provide new or enhanced services, and give extra protection to our green spaces, environment and heritage.
The Cornwall Local Plan was formally adopted on 22 November 2016, at which time it replaced the old Caradon Local Plan and the Cornwall Minerals Local Plan.
The important documents are the Adopted Cornwall Local Plan Strategic Policies and theCornwall Local Plan: Community Network Area Sections
The Calstock Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan Working must take into account these important documents in their activity.
The Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is one of the finest examples of countryside in England and Wales, an exceptionally attractive area around the rivers Tamar, Tavy and Lynher, famous for its mining heritage landscape.
The AONB status aims to conserve and enhance that which makes it special – the flora and fauna, geology and landscape features, and the archaeology and architecture that are linked to our settlement on the landscape. The modern social and economic needs of the local community are also important. Achieving ‘sustainable development’ in the AONB requires very special attention to detail, and so there are additional planning controls in place that our Neighbourhood Plan must respond to imaginatively.
Therefore the Calstock Parish NDP must take into account Cornwall Local Plan policies on the AONB and its settings, (Policy 23 in particular), and the guidance in the Tamar Valley AONB Management Plan. These are linked to below.
Tamar Valley AONB Management Plan 2014-2019
Tamar Valley AONB Management Plan 2014-2019_Summary
Annex 1a: Landscape Character Area and Special Qualities – Updated March 2014
Annex 1b: Landscape Character Area and Special Features – Updated March 2014
2-year Delivery Plan – Updated April 2014
Tamar Valley AONB Monitoring Report 2013
A team of dedicated staff and volunteers run projects and coordinate work to protect the Valley. For more information see their excellent website here: ‘Hidden Depths from the Tamar Valley’
The National Planning Policy Framework was published on 27 March 2012 and sets out the Government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied. You can browse it or download the full document here: NPPF
The Planning Portal is the Government’s online planning and building regulations resource for England and Wales. it includes lots of information on the background to Neighbourhood Plans. You can find it here.