A Neighbourhood Development Plan for Polperro and Lansallos Parish

The Polperro & Lansallos Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan was successful at local referendum on 24 January 2019, with 287 votes in favour and 28 votes against, a turnout of 24% of the voting electorate.

Polperro Community Council has formulated a Neighbourhood Development Plan for our parish which will give us more say in how our community develops in future.  The creation of this NDP has been a major undertaking requiring active input and support from the community as a whole.

What is a Neighbourhood Development Plan?

Following the Localism Act of 2011 the planning system is changing in ways that will affect all communities, including Polperro. Within a broad policy framework for the county as a whole as set out in the Cornwall Local Plan, communities are now legally empowered to set their own goals and priorities in the form of Neighbourhood Development Plans or their junior partners Neighbourhood Development Orders (NDOs). These plans will then be used to shape the future of the community. The scope of NDPs vary depending on local needs and ambitions, but typically they may include for example:

  • setting strategic development goals for the community
  • identifying any particular development projects that the community wants
  • choosing where you want new homes, shops and offices to be built
  • having your say on what new buildings should look like and what changes should be allowed for existing buildings
  • acquiring and managing assets for the community, such as public toilets and income-earning assets
  • granting planning permission for the new buildings that you want to see go ahead.

Once an NDP is in place, Cornwall Council’s planning officers are legally required to take all aspects of the Plan into account when they determine whether a planning application is approved or refused. This legal requirement distinguishes the NDP from previous plans that have been drawn up for the parish. Moreover, by having an NDP in place the community will be in a better position to secure funding and bring forward projects that will make a difference to local people. However there are strictly enforced procedures for drawing up an NDP and getting it officially adopted. Most importantly, an NDP will only be considered for adoption if it has resulted from a fully open and quite lengthy consultation within the community; and a legally binding referendum is needed to complete the process. Officers from Cornwall Council have been available to provide guidance and assistance, but most of the work in formulating the Plan has been done by local residents.