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MARCH MEETING

NDP PUBLIC MEETING MONDAY 18th MARCH

The next meeting of the Mawnan NDP steering group will be held on Monday 18 March at 7pm at the Bowling Club when an update of progress will be discussed.
 
All residents of the parish are invited to attend. If you have mobility issues and find it difficult to get to the Bowling Club, especially on dark evenings, pop a note with your name and phone number in the NDP mailbox in the Mawnan Smith bus shelter, or email info@mawnan.org and we will contact you to try and arrange a lift for you.
Neighbourhood planning across Cornwall has been gathering pace, with 116 areas designated to prepare plans; 35 draft plans have been submitted to Cornwall Council for statutory consultation, 26 referendums have been held (all were successful), and 24 Neighbourhood Plans have been ‘made’, i.e. become Adopted Plans.

In Mawnan, having successfully concluded the main consultation process, we are working with our recently appointed consultant to produce an early draft plan for submission to Cornwall Council, and then in due course residents of the parish, for further input and comment. We will keep you informed of progress via these newsletters and our regular steering group meetings to which you are invited. Note: next meeting Monday 18 March as mentioned above.

One big step taken has been the preparation of our first draft of the Local Landscape Character Assessment - a detailed description of the topography of the whole parish and which is a central element of any NDP. This draft will appear shortly on our website where you can have a look at it at www.mawnan.org.

IN OTHER NEWS...

TRIP TO MEET THE CORNWALL COMMUNITY LAND TRUST

Some members of the team recently met executives at the Cornwall Community Land Trust, a charitable community-led organisation that works to build permanently affordable homes to meet the long-term needs of Cornish communities. So far, since it was established in 2007, the Cornwall CLT has helped to build or enable 236 homes to meet local need.

Cornwall CLT work with the community from the outset and use local builders to achieve high quality results to very high environmental standards, and their schemes are smaller in scale (as preferred by the vast majority of the respondents to our recent questionnaire) than those typically proposed by large developers.  Importantly, landowners can still make a significant profit on land which is used whilst responding directly to local need. 

The Falmouth Packet reported on 23 January that Cornwall Council is believed to be the best performing local authority in the country for delivering affordable homes; by working with the Cornwall Community Land Trust we hope that Mawnan NDP can contribute to this success by meeting demonstrable local need.

 

NATIONAL PRESS
 

NEW PROPOSAL ALLOWING BUYERS TO WITHHOLD FINAL PAYMENTS TO HOUSING DEVELOPERS UNTIL ALL NEW HOME 'ISSUES' ARE IRONED OUT

On 2nd March The Times reported that James Brokenshire, the government’s housing and communities secretary, is considering proposals under which purchasers of all new homes could withhold from developers as much as 5 percent of the sale price for up to six months; the final payment would only be made after the buyer was satisfied that all the faults in the property had been repaired. The Times went on to report that the move comes amid growing evidence of falling standards in the industry as home builders try to meet government targets. The industry’s own figures show that less than half of all buyers are satisfied with their new homes while 69 percent reported five or more faults. In the previous week The Times had reported that Mr Brokenshire was considering stripping Britain’s most profitable housebuilder Persimmon of of its right to sell Help to Buy homes after allegations of poor standards and punitive hidden charges.
 
NEW ATTACKS ON HELP TO BUY SCHEME

“Far from benefitting first-time buyers, the major effect of Help to Buy is to drive up demand while having no effect on supply”.

The Financial Times, on the same weekend 2/3 March, carried two articles critical of the big national builders. The first article by George Hammond the FT’s property reporter started by quoting George Osborne’s statement when in 2013 he launched the Help to Buy scheme by promising it would be “a great deal for homebuyers” and “a great support for homebuilders”. Witheringly Hammond commented that “it has certainly delivered on the second”. Hammond reported on the soaring share prices across the industry whilst quoting Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat leader, who said recently “Far from benefitting first-time buyers, the major effect of Help to Buy is to drive up demand while having no effect on supply”. Cable went on, “The result is not help for those who need it but a boost to the profits of big builders”. George Hammond further wrote, “A tool born of political expediency, the scheme is in danger of becoming politically toxic, as industry executives have seen their bonuses swell while customers have complained of shoddy building practices”.

In a further blow to the reputation of the big builders, in the same issue of the FT Merryn Somerset Webb, editor-in-chief of MoneyWeek and a regular contributor to the FT on investing, pointed out that research suggests that Help to Buy purchasers pay 5 to 8 percent more than ordinary buyers of new-builds “allowing the builders to increase their prices while also maintaining their almost unrivalled record of delivering entirely unsatisfactory products”. Somerset Webb, in a stinging attack on the sector explained why she wouldn’t invest in the shares of the big builders: “I wouldn’t buy the big players in this sector on moral grounds. They exploit the taxpayer. They exploit the incompetence of the government. They exploit the young. And they have played a huge part in destroying the UK’s environment”. This is strong stuff from the UK’s business newspaper.
PLEASE ATTEND THE STEERING GROUP MEETING ON MARCH 18TH (7PM AT MAWNAN BOWLING CLUB) TO HEAR ABOUT OUR PROGRESS AND, IF YOU WISH, TO DISCUSS ANY OF THESE ISSUES.
Minutes available online:
Draft minutes from January's meeting
Note of a Briefing to the Mawnan NDP SG held on 3 Dec 18
Draft minutes from December's meeting
Survey results available online.

You can now view and download the NDP survey results in pdf format here.

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YOUR PRIVACY

 
Acting on behalf of Mawnan Parish Council, the NDP Steering Group is charged with the widest possible consultation with parish residents on the plan they produce. Therefore, we maintain contact records from public events and meetings to demonstrate contact and to help us organise our business.  This data will be held securely and confidentially in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations, will not be shared with third parties except where we use a bulk mail service such as MailChimp, and will be used to inform you of NDP progress and related matters of interest.  The data will be destroyed on completion of the NDP process.  Your rights to privacy are set out in our Data Privacy Notice which can be accessed via the website at www.mawnan.org.  If you have any concerns about our data holdings please contact the Data Controller whose details are given in the Privacy Notice.
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