Feedback day on Porthleven’s Neighbourhood Plan

The latest feedback day which included the results from the latest residents survey about Porthleven took place on September the 3rd at St. Barts church, Porthleven. In brief, the event was fantastic with so much information on offer. It was a real professional display.

Before I move on to the detail on what was on offer during the day, I have to congratulate all those who worked damn hard in putting all the data together. It would be hard to find a more professional and informative event. Huge, huge congratulations to all, especially, Alan, who has led this project from the start.


The displays for the feedback day

For those who could not make it, I thought it would be prudent to share the results from the residents survey. This survey was a starting point to hear people’s views on how they see Porthleven now and in the future, which included housing, the natural environment and community facilities to name a few.

Whilst I have your attention, and before you read the results, It would be really good if you could spend five-minutes and complete the Porthleven Local Landscape Character Assessment Questionnaire by clicking HERE

As part of the policy team, I am really pleased that 661 surveys were completed and returned. Of course we would have liked more, but there will be other surveys and I am sure more will take part next time.

The results from the survey are as follows:

287 identify as Cornish which equates to 43.4%.

  • White – 52.38% (330 people)
  • Mixed/Multiple ethnic groups – 1.27% (8 people)
  • Asian/Asian – 0.32% (2)
  • Black/African/Caribbean – 0.32% (2 people)
  • Chinese – 0.16% (1 people)

Number of people in household (34 didn’t answer) from the completed survey

  •  1 in household – 124  who completed the survey
  •  2 in household – 205                 “
  •  3 in household – 97                   “
  •  4 in household – 141                 “
  •  5 in household – 40                   “
  •  6 in household – 18                   “
  •  7 in household – 1                     “
  •  8 in household – 1                     “

Have any long-standing illness, disability or infirmity?

  • 125 said yes

The historic buildings, harbour and built environment of Porthleven is important to me

  • 635 agree or strongly agree (96.65%)

I feel part of the community in Porthleven

  • 524 agree or strongly agree (79.3%)

Porthleven needs a new, accessible community building

  • 335 agree or strongly agree (50.7%)

Porthleven needs additional facilities for young people

  • 548 agree or strongly agree (82.9%)

Porthleven needs additional healthcare facilities

  • 343 agree or strongly agree (51.9%)

I can park where I need to in Porthleven

  • 286 agree or strongly agree (43.3%)

I can easily use public transport to get to and from Porthleven

  • 306 agree or strongly agree (46.3%)

Porthleven needs more space for businesses

  •  242 agree or strongly agree (36.6%)

Porthleven needs more affordable housing

  • 368 agree or strongly agree (55.7%)

Porthleven needs more open market housing

  • 197 agree or strongly agree (29.8%)

Porthleven needs more sheltered accommodation and social housing

  • 274 agree or strongly agree (41.5%)

The natural environment around Porthleven is important to me

  • 643 agree or strongly agree (97.3%)

Porthleven should have its own renewable energy and efficiency schemes

  • 407 agree or strongly agree (61.6%)


As with any survey, it is interesting to see the age groups. It is of no surprise that 76.83% of completed surveys have been completed by those over 35. However, the team did go to Porthleven School and survey over 50 primary school children.


A further breakdown or age groups with numbers is as follows:

  • 5-11 years 10.51% – 68
  • 12-17 yrs. 2.63% – 17
  • 18-24 yrs. 2.47% – 16
  • 25-34 yrs. 7.57% – 49
  • 35-44 yrs. 15.61% – 101
  • 45-54 yrs. 17.47% – 113
  • 55-64 yrs. 15.77% – 102
  • 65+ yrs. 27.98% – 181


Like the age split, occupation is another interesting areas to look at.


For those – like me – who like data, I have included the full results below.imageimage






Have your say on Porthleven’s Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire

The mere mention of planning and building will be met with responses from the not in my backyard to the yes, let’s build. Getting the right balance between protecting the environment and sustainable development is a very difficult path to navigate. Cornwall Council tends to get the blame on most planning related issues, but the truth be told is it is the Government legislation that is to blame because this legislation is what we have use.

This is one reason Cornwall Council has been for that last few years putting together its own Local Plan. This plan will give a level of control over planning in Cornwall for the next 15 or so year. There can be a further level of more local control by having a Neighbourhood Plan. These types of plan allow town and parish council’s a greater say in where development should happen first. It is important to say they cannot stop development.PNP_Logo2-e1417625617588

Porthleven Town Council has decided that a Neighbourhood Plan would be in the best interest of Porthleven. From this support, a working group of representative from the Porthleven’s community, including landowners, has started work on Porthleven’s own Neighbourhood Plan.

The strapline for the plan is simple: OUR PLAN, OUR TOWN, OUR FUTURE

However, before any detail is put down towards Porthleven’s Neighbourhood Plan, the working groups wants to hear from the residents of Porthleven. The working group has gone about this by sending a questionnaire to every household in Porthleven. This questionnaire is available online too. So whilst there has been only have one copy sent to your house, there are other copies available both in hardcopy and online. It is very important that all residents have their say, which includes children and young people, who will need housing and facilities in the future.

The online survey can be found by clicking this LINK.

Huge credit should go to the volunteers who have made up the Neighbourhood Plan working party for there hard work to date. Therefore, I urge you to take the five-minutes and complete the questionnaire, as your answers will aid the working party come up with a plan that is supported by the residents of Porthleven. As for a plan to be adopted it needs to have a public referendum with at least 50% of those voting must be in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan. As if it is not supported, then there will be no Neighbourhood Plan, and from this, it could lead Porthleven to development taking place with no local input.

More details on Porthleven’s Neighbourhood Plan can be found via the website HERE