From fairly early on the Perranzabuloe NDP has had a Mailchimp account to email update those who via the Website or otherwise gave us their email details for updates. We’ve kept a log of the “Mailchimp audience” numbers (see list below).
The Mailchimp system let us track how many people opened emails we sent out. For example in January 2023 we sent an email out regarding the “Supplementary consultation on proposed changes to the NDP”. From that we could see that:
150 received the email
219 total opens (so some recipients opened the email more than once).
98 opened it
9 clicked links in it
5 of the emails bounced
1 person usubscribed from the list.
Historic Mailchimp Subscriber Statistics
2022-05-05 154, seems a few unsubscribe post recent mailshots
2019-07-12 173, did a mail out re the survey, so probably got some unsubscribes.
On the 11th of April a letter was sent out to 3009 residential addresses in the parish, with a 3-5 day delivery window. Easter weekend got in the way and it got to most on Tuesday the 19th, where our Regulation 14 consultation period starts on Friday the 22nd and ends 8 weeks later on Friday the 17th of June.
Put notices on all of the parish notice boards and many shops in the parish. This was done over the weekend of the 10th & 11th of April.
On the 19th of April we emailed the 155 email addresses on our email list (this is mostly from the form on the Contact page on our Website).
As of 11:30 am on the 23rd of April, 150 of the emails were delivered, 94 people have opened the email and 12 have clicked links in the email.
On the 19th of April we put notices on the 2 main Facebook groups in our Parish and our own Facebook page.
On the Facebook “Please listen Perranzabuloe Parish Council” group we have (as of 22:30 on the 24rd of April) had 901 “post reaches” from one post about this and 383 from another.
Our Facebook Page has had 180+ people see just one of the posts about the events.
We don’t have access to the reach stats for the Perranzabuloe Community Group, but the post has resulted in comments and Facebook likes, so it is being seen.
As the events progressed we put ongoing posts to the Facebook groups, which got comments and further views to further spread the word and hopefully get more people to attend the remaining exhibitions.
Cover letter and Summary Leaflet sent to all households in the parish
Saturday morning exhibition in Goonhavern
Saturday afternoon. Having taken down the exhibition in Goonhavern, putting it up in Perranporth for the Monday & Tuesday events.
Monday evening in Perranporth. Great public turn out.
And the busiest slot, in terms of visitors was Tuesday morning:
At the start of 2022, we sent a letter to all households in our parish and also contact the Parish Council and Cornwall Council to comment on our DRAFT NDP. Our impression from direct comments from our Parish Council, Cornwall Council and the consultants we are using is that it has been well drafted such that only limited improvements were needed for the version that is the Pre-submission (Regulation 14) version.
We have started receiving public comments on the DRAFT NDP, which we are keeping to consider post the 17th of June (when the Regulation 14 period ends). The NDP preparation process requires the Steering Group to maintain and submit to the Examiner a compilation of comments submitted during consultation and the decisions the Steering Group take in response. Some of the comments are likely to result in further changes to our NDP. This compilation of comments and decisions will be published on our website and the Cornwall Council website.
Post that the plan will go through “Regulation 15/16” (submission) consultation run by Cornwall Council, followed by an external Examination and public referendum on whether or not the plan should be adopted by Cornwall Council for use in the planning system.
We anticipate the referendum being in the Autumn of 2022.
(2022-10 update, we now anticipate the referendum being late 2022 or early 2023.)
In late 2021 we prepared a 2 page update letter that was posted to all households in the parish.
The text of this letter is below. A PDF copy of the letter is here.
This lead to a predictable increase in visitors numbers to the www.perranplan.co.uk NDP Website.
March 2022 update:
You can see from the chart below that over time, site visitor numbers returned to the sub 10 a day after the letter update:
Looking longer term, there are peaks and troughs to Website visitor numbers.
Text of the letter sent out to all households in January 2022:
UPDATE ON THE PERRANZABULOE NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN
To all Residents and Businesses in Perranzabuloe Parish
Perranzabuloe Parish Council initiated work on a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) for the Parish in November 2017.
An NDP, when adopted (or “made”), sits alongside the Cornwall Council Local Plan. This means that its policies carry real weight (i.e., have “teeth”) in the planning system, with its recommendations and policies being used to help determine planning applications within the Parish.
The community and business surveys were undertaken in the Summer of 2019 by the NDP Steering Group (which comprises of volunteer members of the local community and Parish Councillors). Subsequently, they have been busy working on the content of the draft NDP.
Work has included undertaking studies and completing factual information on topics including, but not limited to, housing, settlement boundaries, heritage, local green spaces and landscape value. This work is important to support the planning policies in the draft NDP. Using Government funding, they have also commissioned, two documents which will form part of the NDP itself, namely a Design Code for the Parish to ensure that any future housing development in the future meets local requirements for design, and a Masterplan for Perranporth. This identifies key project proposals that could come forward to enhance the village centre, and its role in supporting the local economy, as well as the needs of local residents and visitors alike.
Where are we now?
There will be a full public consultation in the Spring of 2022. You, as residents and businesses of the Parish, will get the opportunity to discuss the NDP with the Steering Group members who have led the work. You will also be able to comment on the NDP’s content. Assuming there are no Covid-19 restrictions in place there will be a public exhibition. The draft NDP has been sent to Cornwall Council for an initial review and to consider if the NDP requires any further sustainability tests to meet Government planning regulations. The consultation in the Spring will also give us the opportunity to consult a mandatory list of statutory and strategic consultees outside of the Parish.
The NDP is the Community’s Plan and it is therefore important that the NDP continues to be shaped by your views as well as the studies and earlier consultations undertaken. We encourage you to look at the draft NDP, as well as the Design Code, Masterplan, and the accompanying evidence base studies. All documents are available on the project website at www.perranplan.co.uk/documents/.
If you have any comments to make on the NDP prior to the full public consultation in the Spring, the NDP Steering Group will be happy to hear from you:
Pre 2021-11-01 meeting notes for a presentation to the Perranzabuloe Parish Council to give them an update:
We started in late 2017, getting our required formal Cornwall Council Designation on the 29th November 2017.
Our 2018 to 2019 meetings tended to have 10 or more members of the Steering Group and 2 or 3 others.
Early meetings we had 20+ attendees and most of the 14 Steering Group members.
Over time, we lost several key contributors, and took on some key consultants who’s contributions have been
invaluable. Most important has been Stuart Todd of Stuart Todd Associates Ltd & Lucy Wilson Richards of Tirwel.
We’ve had consistent, support and help from our Perranzabuloe Parish Council, in particular the parish clerk,
We’ve had amazing support, work, help and input from so many.
The core group of volunteers that attended almost all meetings since 2017, that have done the most work, are
listed, alphabetically below. If this core had not stuck with it, the project would have collapse.
o Kevin Havill
o Phil Moore
o Phillip Henwood
o Roger Kayes
o Rory Jenkins
o William Rogers
An NDP lays out what we can evidence the community wants in terms of nudging the planning process to protect what the
community values and sees as special.
It looks to enhance existing provision of facilities and assets and provide support for additional facilities and development
subject to being a response to demand and local needs, while ensuring that there is no adverse impact on the things that
are valued the most in our natural and built environments.
The main 120 page document covers many themes including:
Waste, including waste water
Natural Environment, Landscape and Coastal Management
Identifying and protecting the environment, including,
Settlement gaps & green buffers
Local Green Spaces, Views & Vistas
Coastal Change Management Plan
Heritage Assets and the Historic Environment. Identifying and giving protection to these.
Traffic & Transport including parking
Business, Employment and Retail, including Tourism
Primary Residence Policy
If successful, on for the Parish Council planning group to keep an eye on re applications.
Settlement Boundaries around Perranporth, Bolingey & Goonhavern.
Development outside of these areas will meet more challenging requirements.
Policy 8 in the Cornwall Local Plan says 6+ dwellings must contribute toward affordable housing need. From 6‐10 units, a
financial contribution in lieu of on‐site provision will be acceptable, from 11 upwards, must contribute to meeting affordable
Policy 9, Rural Exceptions Sites, there is no size limit to which the policy for 50% affordable housing applies.
Perranzabuloe Design Code
Perranporth Strategic Masterplan
The 120 page main document has all of the detail.
The consultation summary leaflet has a cut down version of all the policies, where the section headings are:
• Sustainable Development
• Natural Environment, Landscape and Coastal Management
• Energy and Wastewater
• Traffic and Transport
• Leisure & Wellbeing
• Heritage Assets and the Historic Environment
• Business, Employment and Retail
We had an amazing response rate. 888 responses, so just over 30% of the 2903 surveys sent out. This is high for a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) project and thanks to not only our amazing community but all who are working on and helping with our parishes NDP project.
Kevin, head of the Business, Employment, Transport & Infrastructure (BETI) Group.
Then the prize draw (1 in Goonhavern, 2 in Perranporth).
General Statistics by Rory Jenkins (current chairman)
Slightly more women responded than men. 55% women.
Most respondents were 36 or older.
Most responses from Perranporth > Goonhavern > Bolingey > Rose before the other hamlets. So, in keeping with the sizes of our main settlements.
Most respondents live in a house, not a flat.
Most respondents are owner occupiers, not tenants or in social housing.
Massive range of groups, where the most popular were:
Fitness clubs & classes 21% >
Pilates & Yoga 20% >
Surfing community 15% >
Surf Life Saving Club 13% >
local churches 15 %>
Rugby Club 9%
BUT also 12% said not groups. This could mean that there are isolated people in our community we could all do more to engage with.
Massive use of community facilities with the most popular being:
Local Shops 91% in general and specifically the Chemist 90%, Local supermarkets 90%, the Garden Centre 78%, Restaurants 76%, Pubs 76%, the Petrol Station 75%, Post Office 75%, Cafes 74% and Take away 61%.
Also 59% of respondents use Public Conveniences in the parish
Top priorities were given as:
Environment & Heritage Group
Christine talked visitors through the her Environment & Heritage presentation (this is a large PDF), including taking questions from the audience as they arose. In particular, in both Goonhavern and Perranporth there was quite a detailed discussion about the planned roll out of 5G and how this could have a negative impact on the environment.
Overall there was exceptionally strong support for the issues the questions asked about.
It is important that we identify, protect and enhance buffer areas that we wish to retain as our green spaces for the use of wildlife and the Community.
Existing trees, woodland, hedgerows and Cornish hedges should be retained, conserved and enhanced in order to maintain and create effective wildlife habitats and corridors.
It is important that our villages and hamlets retain their unique and distinctive characteristics as separate and individual settlements.
The retention and preservation of important panoramic landscape views and vistas is key to maintaining and enhancing landscape integrity.
The infrastructure for delivering 5G, with the benefit of around 10 times current mobile data speeds, should not result in the removal of, or damage to, existing trees, hedgerows, wildlife areas and wildlife corridors.
All new developments should include integral bio-diversity enhancement measures such as bird boxes/bee bricks and open sustainable drainage systems to attract and protect wildlife as a
As shown by this bar chart, well over 90% responded with either Strongly Agree or Agree to each question:
Roger, head of the Housing Group, focused on those issues most likely to have a direct impact on the end NDP document.
He had a different presentation for Goonhavern and Perranporth, as for each he compared the parish results, with the results from those from each of these areas. In general there was no significant difference between responses from these areas and the general response. But without looking you don’t find that sort of thing out !
At both locations, there were questions and discussions around what the audience understood by the housing questions in the survey. There was also discussion about creating Settlement Boundaries around Perranporth and Goonhavern and whether those present did or didn’t want our end NDP to have a Primary Residency Policy (PRP) or not.
Post the Perranporth discussion around PRP a show of hands poll of the audience had:
17 Strong yes
1 Strong no
(Excluding members of the NDP Steering Group, the Perranporth meeting had just under 40 parishioners.)
There were many audience comments relating to PRP including (paraphrased):
The local estate agents have lists of those looking for housing in the parish and roughly half of these are from beyond the parish and appear to be those looking for holiday homes / second homes / to let out to holiday maker properties.
Tywarnhayle Road has sections of the road, where out of season many properties have no night time lights on in season midweek late night noise is a problem for those who have to get up for work.
In other areas properties have returned to being full time occupied from being holiday let properties.
There is a concern that if St Agnes and Crantock have PRPs, then Perranporth will be targeted by developers and in general for those looking for non primary residence properties.
Business, Employment, Transport & Infrastructure (BETI) Group
Kevin, head of the Business, Employment, Transport & Infrastructure (BETI) Group went through a detailed BETI presentation on many of the BETI questions and their responses.
Some summary points that I (Rory, NDP chairman) picked up:
Want more wind and solar power, but not more solar farms.
Against more AirBnB, holiday houses, second homes & static caravans, but appreciate the benefit of tourism and want a longer season, more hotels.
Want an event space and more cultural events.
Want to keep and expand the employment base, especially new technology and year round employment.
There’s a strong desire for more studios and workshops, shared workspaces, and year round traders, but less appetite for more shops and offices.
Want better bus and general public transport improvements.
Very positive about improving and enhancing cycling within and beyond the parish (links).
Strong support for 20mph in residential areas.
Very strong support for the reinstatement of Tamblyn Way steps down to the beach from Droskyn.
Very strong support to improve the range of medical, health and educational resources in the parish.
Exceptionally strong support for the concept that future development should not increase the risk of flooding.
A strong feeling that there is a good quality of life in the parish, but that there is potential to make this even better.
We then had the prize draw
What next ?
The Steering Group, who are always keen to have more volunteers, so if anybody feels they can help in any way, please get in touch, will be digging more into the survey results, undertaking a Survey of local businesses, investigating and consulting further.
All of this will then turn into a draft Neighbourhood Plan for our parish.
This is then shared with you and put to a list of statutory consultees including Cornwall Council
Once any feedback is with us and implemented, it goes to an independent examiner, who will give us feedback on whether the policies we want, as we lay them out, sit within existing national and Cornwall legislation.
Once any feedback from the examiner is dealt with it goes to a public referendum and if majority accepted it becomes adopted.