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Welcome to the St Cleer Neighbourhood Plan website

This website is intended to act as a hub for the St Cleer Neighbourhood Development Plan containing information, news updates and relevant documentation regarding the progress of our Neighbourhood Plan.

LATEST NEWS - THE ST CLEER NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN HAS BEEN SIGNED OFF AS LEGALLY COMPLIANT BY CORNWALL COUNCIL AND A FURTHER ROUND OF CONSULTATION HAS BEEN LAUNCHED

The Draft St Cleer Neighbourhood Development Plan was published for consultations on 31st March 2019 for a 7 week period ending 19th May 2019.  Over the summer the Steering Group have reviewed all the comments received. During that period conformation was also received from Cornwall Council that a Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Plan was not required. 

Following the review of comments made, the Neighbourhood Development Plan was adjusted and formally submitted to Cornwall Council on 1st November 2019. Cornwall Council has now signed off the Plan as being legally compliant. You can see details of this decision here: Legal Compliance

Cornwall Council then consulted residents and other interested stakeholders on the Plan, from Thursday 5th December 2019 to 30th January 2020 for eight week’s due to the Christmas period. You can view the comments made by typing the Neighbourhood Planning application number PA19/00029/NDP into the Cornwall Council online planning register.

Following the 8 week consultation period, the representations will be collated and sent for independent examination. You may also request to be notified of the local planning authority’s decision under Regulation 19 (the outcome of the independent examination of the plan.) If the Examiner believes that the Neighbourhood Plan meets all of its requirements a referendum will take place which will allow residents to decide whether the Neighbourhood Plan should be used by the Council to determine planning applications in the St Cleer area.

Considerable effort was put in to working up a response to the representations to ensure that each was given proper consideration whilst maintaining the balance of the NDP strategy. The revised document retains the strategy set out in the draft, as this has been carefully developed over the long process of developing the NDP and seeks a balance of interests, whilst using the opportunity of achieving a sustainable development at Horizon Farm (Policy 22) as means of addressing a range of troublesome issues. However, it now more strongly emphasises that the Horizon Farm site redevelopment must be properly sustainable and provides for off-site improvements that will enhance connectivity and reduce the need to travel by car. It also calls for a development that responds more effectively to the heritage, habitat and design factors and will become an asset to the Parish.

In view of comments received and additional permissions for housing development that have been granted in the last year the opportunity was taken to remove the Hendra Close allocation (Policy 17 site 2) and reduce the density of land r/o the Stag (Policy 17 site 1).

Other changes include:

  • Including additional evidence references where necessary to substantiate the justification of policies such as that for Rural Gaps (Policy 2);
  • Tightening up policy wording to enhance clarity and ease of use, such as Design in New Development (Policy 8), and Green Tourism Development (Policy 19);
  • Adjusting policy wording to align with national and county policy positions, such as with Trees, Cornish Hedges and Hedgerows (Policy 14);
  • Making it clear that wind turbine development is not supported in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the World Heritage Site and must be small scale elsewhere in the Parish, whilst improving the accuracy on policy relating to solar arrays (Policy 23).

A copy of the submitted St Cleer Neighbourhood Development Plan can be found by clicking here:

St Cleer NDP

The supporting documentation can be found by clicking on these links:

Consultation Statement

Response Report Appendix to Consultation Statement

Appendices to Response Report

Basic Conditions Statement

Equality Impact Statement

Sustainability Check

Horizon Farm Master Plan

WILL PLANNING APPLICATIONS DECISIONS BE INFLUENCED BY THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN?

As the NDP goes through its process, it gains 'weight' as a material consideration in any planning decisions, until ultimately when it passes its referendum it becomes a formal part of the suite of development plans alongside the Cornwall Local Plan and the National Planning Policy Framework (see below). Now that its been 'submitted' the NDP has reached the stage where according to Cornwall Council increasing weight can be given subject to evidence of community support and legal compliance.

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WHAT IS A NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN?
The St Cleer Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan is a new type of plan made under the Localism Act 2011 which gives everyone who lives in the Parish the democratic right to be involved in drawing it up.

WHY ARE WE MAKING ONE?
It can control how land is used for housing, business, shops and leisure. It can also protect green spaces and influence the design of buildings and estates, tackle environmental issues and support the things that make our Parish such a great place to live, work in and visit.

When it is written, everyone who is a registered voter in St Cleer Parish will get a vote in a local referendum to approve or reject the Neighbourhood Plan. If it is approved, the Plan can’t be ignored when planning applications are decided by Cornwall Council, Planning Inspectors, or the Government.

SO HAVING YOUR SAY ON PLANNING MATTERS IN ST CLEER PARISH HAS NEVER BEEN SO IMPORTANT!






Latest News

Alongside the St Cleer Neighbourhood Development Plan a Master Plan for the Horizon Farm proposal (NDP Policy 22) has been prepared on behalf of the Parish Council by AECOM using 100% grant funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. This explains in more detail how the proposal can be carried forward. A copy can be found here: Horizon Farm Master Plan