Original Neighbourhood Plan Page (March 2013)
Deviock Parish Council is taking the first steps to produce a Neighbourhood Plan. This is a community-based process and the involvement of Deviock residents is vital - we want to hear your views!
• What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
It’s a new type of community-led planning policy document introduced under the Localism Bill which relates to general planning policies for the development and use of land in local areas.
• What does it cover?
The plan can be detailed or general, depending on what local people want. It may deal with a range of social and environmental issues (such as housing, employment, heritage and transport) or it may focus on one or two issues only. Unlike a Parish Plan (see below
), it can contain only Planning issues.
• What are the legal requirements?
A Neighbourhood Plan must comply with European and national legislation and conform with existing strategic local planning policy. It must take into account Cornwall Council’s assessment of development needs in the area.
• Do we really need one here?
If an area has no Neighbourhood Plan, developments which accord with national* and local authorities** guidelines will be automatically green-lighted by planning departments, robbing local people of the opportunity to steer development where they live. A Neighbourhood Plan will be part of the statutory development plan for the area, giving it more weight than local documents such as Parish Plans, community plans and village design statements.
(* The National Planning Policy Framework.
(** Cornwall Council's Core Strategy, currently undergoing its final consultation
• What happened to the old Deviock Parish Plan?
Sadly, our national government will no longer recognise Parish Plans as planning guidance documents. However, though it was never adopted by the former Caradon Council due to conflicts with its Local Plan***, the Deviock Parish Plan of 2007 contained many ideas which (subject to residents’ approval) could be carried forward into our new Neighbourhood Plan, and that will have real legal status.
(*** Click here
and scroll down for details.)
(Click here to read the Deviock Parish Plan of June 2007
• Independent Scrutiny
Once a Neighbourhood Plan has been completed, it has to be submitted to the local authority and then be subjected to an independent examination. This will make sure that the proper legal process has been followed and that the plan meets the basic conditions, including general conformity with strategic local policy.
• Public Referendum
After being subjected to an independent examination and any necessary modifications made to ensure they meet legal requirements, a Neighbourhood Plan would be subject to a public referendum by residents of the area in question (in this case, Deviock Parish). It is necessary to gain a more than 50% ‘Yes’ vote of those voting in the referendum in order to bring the Neighbourhood Plan into force.
*** Involvement of residents is therefore the key to the success of a Neighbourhood Plan. ***
• Have Your Say!
A Neighbourhood Plan can’t be adopted without full community consultation, involvement and approval. We welcome the input of all Deviock Parish residents, and have organised three informal public drop-in meetings to start gathering your views on local planning issues.
Neighbourhood Plan Introductory Meeting dates
Downderry Working Men's Club - Friday March 15th, 2.30 - 7.00pm.
Hessenford, The Copley Arms - Friday March 22nd, 6.00 - 8.00pm.
Seaton Beach Café - Saturday March 23rd, 1.30 - 4.00pm.
Please come along to give us your ideas and suggestions, and to find out more about Neighbourhood Plans.
Deviock Parish office tel: 01503 250 052