As we enter the New Year you may be wondering why you haven’t heard from the Mawnan Neighbourhood Development Plan team in a while. Our last major event was the exhibition last September of the draft NDP policy document following its environmental and habitat screening by Cornwall Council. Thank you to the more than 60 members of the public who came along braving a weekend of almost continuous rain!

The time since then has largely been spent on writing up supplementary documents which have to accompany the next stage of the NDP, and these have taken much more time than we anticipated; we have to follow a process laid down in the formal regulations pertaining to neighbourhood plans. Once we have everything in place, later this spring, it will be made available in a public consultation procedure in which residents will be invited to comment on the proposals in the plan, and it will in parallel be sent to statutory consultees for further scrutiny as laid down in the regulations. This is called the pre-submission consultation under Regulation 14 of the neighbourhood planning process and is required to run for 6 week period.

Across the 213 town and parish councils in Cornwall 35 neighbourhood plans have been completed (‘made’ in planning parlance), with another 10 nearing completion, and which now must be taken into account by any developer putting forward new plans. There are a further 137 neighbourhood plans in progress, including our own. Of our adjoining town and parish councils, Falmouth's NDP is undergoing formal examination following their Regulation 16 consultation last autumn, and Budock is undertaking the pre-submission consultation which as noted above is our next step - more on these consultations in our next newsletter.

Cornwall Council publish on a webpage a map, updated monthly, which identifies all the town and parish councils and shows what stage they are at in developing an NDP (if they have chosen to do so). Their interactive mapping also carries these stages so that planning officers dealing with applications know whether there is NDP activity in the parish and what stage it has reached, in order to give the right weight to emerging and ‘made’ plans. The map is below is reproduced with Cornwall Council’s permission; clicking on it will enlarge it to make it easier to read.
Remember that according to the extant National Planning Policy Framework:

“Neighbourhood planning gives communities the power to develop a shared vision for their area. Neighbourhood plans can shape, direct and help to deliver sustainable development” (NPPF, July 2018, para. 29) 

Mawnan is not far off the stage when our plan will start to carry weight.

It is with great sadness that we have to tell you of the sudden death of Jon Holt, one of the key members of the NDP steering group, who passed away in early December aged 64. Jon’s contribution to the NDP was substantial as he mastered the complex issues surrounding housing development, as well as helping to formulate the on-going strategy and implementation of the NDP process itself which he was working on right up until his death. Many of you will recall him for his clear explanations of housing policies at our public meetings, whilst we within the steering group knew him as a clever, principled, funny and charismatic colleague; we will miss his wise counsel and friendship, and extend our deepest sympathy to his widow and daughters. 


We also only recently became aware of the death in April last year aged 76 of Rodney Greenhalgh who had become a member of the steering group in its very early days, but who had to resign in 2018 for health reasons. We welcomed his thoughtful contribution in the brief time he was on the team, including his initial work on a housing design description, and extend our sincere, if belated, condolences to his family.


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