Public consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Development Plan started on Monday October 12 and lasted till Monday November 23 2020. Thank you to all who sent in comments and suggestions. The Plan has now been amended in the light of these.
The amended plan is here: Final St Just draft NDP 11022
The amended Plan was submitted with its accompanying documentation to Cornwall Council for legal checking. Please visit the Draft Plan: Public Consultation and Submission page to see the accompanying documents, including the Consultation Statement, which has details of public responses and amendments to the earlier draft. Conrwall Council signed off legal compliance in March 2021.
What happens now?
- The 10 week formal consultation period will run 18 March – 27 May. Cornwall Council will send the Plan to interested parties for formal responses. It will also be available to the public for further comments. This is the `regulation 16′ consultation. To respond at this stage please visit the Online Planning Register page on the Cornwall Council website and use reference PA 21/00009/NDP.
- The Plan then goes to an independent examiner who may require further amendments to be made.
- The Final Plan is then published and Cornwall Council Electoral Services organises the Parish-wide referendum on the Plan.
- We now hope the Referendum will take place in early Autumn 2021. The time-scale for the process leading up to the referendum is likely to need longer than originally expected because of the impact of Covid.
When can the Plan influence decisions?
A briefing note from Cornwall Council explains the gradually increasing weight that is given to the Plan’s policies. Following the six-week public consultation, it states that ‘Some weight could be given to aspects where clear community support can be demonstrated. The decision maker will have to assess the quality of consultation, level of support and the general conformity of proposed policies.’ Following confirmation of legal compliance `increasing weight can be given’. See: briefing-note-weight-of-emerging-neighbourhood-plans-update-march-2019
What is a Neighbourhood Development Plan and why do we need one?
A Neighbourhood Development Plan is a development plan for a town or parish introduced under the 2011 Localism Act and gives the opportunity for communities to shape the development of their area. Policies produced cannot block development that is already part of the Local Plan . What they can do is shape where that development will go and what it will look like. They can offer additional protection for the things we value.
The Parish of St Just in Penwith extends to Chypraze in the north, Cape Cornwall to the west, Leswidden to the east and Trevedra to the south. It includes coast, countryside and moors with intertwining hamlets, villages and the main town of St Just. The parish is an important area of the West Penwith landscape with an unbeatable historical heritage and a wide range of habitats important for wildlife. Neighbourhood Planning is an opportunity for local communities to shape the way future development happens and a chance to protect what makes it special to the people that live here and the tourists that spend thousands on their visits helping the local economy to thrive. With the pressures facing the Parish from development, climate change and far busier tourist seasons than ever before, creating a Neighbourhood Development Plan specific to the parish is vital. The ultimate document requires research, data, and evidence building to create and justify the policies of the St Just Pendeen Neighbourhood Plan. And it must be based on what residents want.
The Plan is being developed by a team of volunteer residents of the Parish. We report to St Just in Penwith Town Council.