Welcome to Ludgvan Parish Council, Neighbourhood Development Planning.
A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future development, regeneration and conservation of an area. It will be part of the statutory development plan for the area. This statutory status gives Neighbourhood Plans far more weight than some other local documents, such as parish plans, community plans and village design statements.
A Neighbourhood Plan must comply with European and national legislation and must have appropriate regard to national policy and be in general conformity with existing strategic local planning policy. It should not promote less development than that identified in the development plan for the local area (such as new housing allocations). It can allow greater growth levels. Also, it can specify policies and guidance on how new development should be designed, orientated and located.
Neighbourhood Plans can be a powerful tool in shaping the development of a neighbourhood. The timeframe for the Neighbourhood Plan will be for communities to decide, for example whether it is a 5, 10, 15 or 20-year plan.
The foundations of a good Neighbourhood Plan will be a robust programme of community engagement and a strong, proportionate evidence base. These make sure that the plan is based on a proper understanding of the area and of the views, aspirations, wants and needs of local people. A clear project plan with key milestones will be required to maintain momentum and provide a timetable for the plan to come into legal force.
Once a Neighbourhood Plan has been completed, it will have to be submitted to the local authority and then be subjected to an independent examination. This will make sure that the proper legal process has been followed and that the plan meets the basic conditions, including general conformity with strategic local policy.
There is an awful lot of work to be done and to this end the parish council set up a Steering Group consisting of three parish councillors and a number of volunteers to manage the process. Here are the Steering Groups Terms of Reference and the Minutes of their meetings can be found elsewhere in the column on the right.
To date we have been gathering information to find out what the public see as their main priorities, here are the results of the Initial Questionnaire.
Using this information some draft objectives for the NDP were developed and these have been looked at in the light of existing planning policies before further consultation with the public, businesses and stakeholder groups to gather their views before proceeding to the policy development phase of the project. Three groups have been formed to undertake this work dealing with:
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