2017 10 12 Meeting Notes – Launching our Neighbourhood Development Plan

2017 10 12 at 19:00 at the Parish Council offices in Perranporth.

We’ve had our first meeting to get things going.

Great turn out, clever questions and lots of enthusiasm.

A great presentation from Guy Thomas at Cornwall Council on what we need to do and how he and his team can help us. Guy is going to send us a PDF copy of his presentation, that I’ll link to from here.

Thankyou to Parish Councillor William Rogers for sorting the meeting out and the Parish Council for the use of their meeting room and the time of the other Parish Councillors who attended.

Notes of questions raised at the MeetingĀ 

Q:- What is the difference between the Steering group Member and an Implementation Group Member?
A::- The Steering Group manage the Process, whilst the Implementation Groups examine and report upon one or more of the technical issues that are to be addressed within the Neighbourhood Plan

Q::- What are the expenses involved with the NP?
A:- Where the knowledge on issues pertinent to the Steering or Implementation groups is not available within the Steering or Implementation groups, professional assistance will need to be hired.
It will be necessary to spend upon communication (e.g. printing and distribution of newsletters, running surveys etc.).

Q:- Do meetings need to be held in Parish Council Offices?
A:- No they can be held in any meeting places that are easy to get to by parishioners.

Q:- What is Cornwall’s obligation to build houses?
A:- Cornwall CC is tasked to construct a minimum of 57,000 homes between 2020-2030. Perranzabuloe parish is expected to construct 1,100, of which 560 are already completed. There is no legal pressure to build beyond the prescribed number. However, there is no legal power to stop building works after the quota has been reached.

Q:- Have any population demographic analysis been undertaken?
A:- Yes in the previously published Local Plan. This covered for example Income grades, migration from the parish, skills growth and single parents. Similarly infrastructure (roads, water, sewerage, electricity) was addressed, as well as the adequacy of schools and health services.
This work will form a starting platform from which the NP can build and can be upgraded and progressed.

Q:- Does a Neighbourhood Plan have ‘teeth’?
A:- The NP have to be by its nature an enabling and permissive legal document that can influence the development within the area. Two immediate examples of its effect are the guidance for design to be in character and keeping with the surrounding area (Roseland Peninsula), and the policy regarding second homes in St Ives.

Q:- Is it possible to build when the infrastructure is not in place?
A:- That is the case at present! However Parish councils lean upon the statutory authorities to provide the necessary infrastructure. Also services such as Doctor surgeries will be aware of the need for adequate services, and hopefully plan for the increased load.

Q:- How does data protection affect the Steering Group’s handling of information?
A:- This will be investigated. However the accreditation of the NP through the auspices of the Parish Council will provide clarity on this issue.

Q:- Will environmental issues be included in the NP?
A:- Yes.

Q:- How will the balance of the Steering group be agreed?
A:- That is a duty of the Community to decide.

Q:- Can a Steering Group development its own scheme?
A:- This is up to the Community to decide.

Q:- How long did St Ives take to prepare their NP?
A:- 2 Years.

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