A Neighbourhood Plan is a set of policies that help to shape future development of a place. Neighbourhood Planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the future development and growth of their local area.
Through a process of ongoing engagement, local people are able to choose how to improve their area, addressing a wide range of topics such as housing, employment, heritage and transport and the associated social, economic and environmental issues.
No, there have been local plans written for Penryn in the past and there are also lots of fantastic community initiatives to improve the town for its residents, businesses and visitors. The Neighbourhood Plan takes all of the existing information into account as well as collecting new information to help develop the future policies. All of this information and analysis of the local area is called the evidence base.
A Neighbourhood Plan is subject to a yes/no referendum and then forms part of the Local Development Plan. This statutory status gives Neighbourhood Plans far more weight than some other local planning documents. The Localism Act 2011 introduced statutory Neighborhood Planning in England.
Penryn is at the beginning of the process which could take approximately 2-4 years.
Neighbourhood Planning provides a powerful set of tools for local people to ensure that they get the right types of development for their community.
All Neighbourhood Plans must meet Basic Conditions specified by law:
must be appropriate having regard to national policy
must contribute to the achievement of sustainable development
must be in general conformity with the strategic policies in the development plan for the local area
must be compatible with human rights requirements
must be compatible with EU obligations.
Find out more about Neighbourhood Planning from these sites:
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?