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What is a Neighbourhood Plan and why do we need one?

A Neighbourhood 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.