What is a neighbourhood plan?
It is the view of a whole community, consisting of hamlets and villages within a Parish. It shows how that community sees the development of its area over a period of ten, twenty or thirty years. A Neighbourhood Plan should take into consideration the views of everyone, from the very youngest to the very oldest residents. It should help the community to develop and thrive in a way that benefits that community now and in the future, effectively delivering decision making at a local level and a community-led planning framework for future development. Working alongside the Cornwall Council's local plan, it will provide policies on how sustainable development should be designed and located to meet the wants and needs of local people. Such a Plan will carry more weight within planning decisions, allowing a local community more influence and control in specifying in detail what they expect from development and developers. It is not about preventing development, but to guide and shape the design and location of development, to inform planners and developers regarding the practical infrastructure needs of a community, such as housing, public space, community facilities, health services, transport, improvement of streets, roads and highways, communications , electricity, water and drainage. All organisations and individuals can contribute in producing a Neighbourhood Plan, assisting their members to voice their needs. Nobody will be excluded from submitting their views through a referendum. As a Neighbourhood Plan needs to observe national legislation the Parish Council is known as "The Qualifying Body" and will help to guide a Neighbourhood Plan through the formal process, acting as liaison with Cornwall Council and as a channel for funding.
National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)
Neighbourhood Planning was introduced through the localism act 2011 and became into effect in April 2012.
There are 3 Sustainable Developments that require the planning system to take into account.
Economic: Provide land and infrastructure to create jobs and a vibrant economy.
Social: To ensure that there are services and houses to meet the needs of the community.
Environmental: Protect our natural buildings and historic environment.