Local Plan approved by Cabinet
At the recent Extraordinary Cabinet, the Local Plan or to give it its full title The Cornwall Local Plan – Strategic Policies (formerly known as the Core Strategy), which will guide planning for the next 15 years in Cornwall was debated and approved by the Cabinet. This plan has been a long time coming due to the complexities surrounding a planning document of this nature. It has not been an easy ride, as many people have a view on the actual number of housing required in the next 15 years. However, without a plan, it would be difficult to have a say where developer should build and have some sort of balance on the numbers of housing that can be built.
The full range of suggested housing targets is from 29,000 to 74,500. These suggested figures is in part from 44 representations on housing numbers from three rounds of consultation since 2011. The final figure which has been agreed on is 47,500, and this is the number which will be submitted as part of the plan. The 47,500 is not all new builds as it takes into consideration housing that already has been given planning permission. The actual figure of ‘new’ builds will be 18,662. How these new builds will be split is on the image at the bottom of the page.
I have often heard this Local Plan will ‘concrete’ over Cornwall. However, this is far from true, as currently roughly 1% of Cornwall has development and if all the planned dwellings are built, this percentage will raise to 1.5%. That is hardly a concreting over Cornwall.
I also welcome the approval of this plan as without the approval, those town and parishes who are in the process of formulating their neighbourhood plan could not progress with out the Local Plan. These neighborhood plans are key to town and parishes deciding what happens to their communities for the next 15 years.
Now the Cabinet has approved the plan, it will be the turn of the full membership of the Council to give the final seal of approval in December before it then goes through the formal process of the inspectors etc before hopefully being adopted. With no Local Plan, Cornwall would find itself in a difficult position and open to unrestircted development.