What it is and why we want you involved
What is a Neighbourhood Development Plan, or NDP?
A Neighbourhood Plan for Mawnan sets out the vision for land use and developments within the parish. It gives us, the community, the opportunity to decide how our local area should develop and what should be built. It can respond to a wide range of social, economic or environmental issues that are relevant to us locally. We can also influence land use for other things like renewable energy schemes and recreational facilities.
Do we have to have one?
No. But without one development can still happen and will be assessed by planners at a county and national level. The current local polices that concern our special places will need to be included in a NDP in order to reflect local priorities.
A NDP isn’t a tool to stop development but it can shape and influence developments and is locally focused. In July Cornwall Council, following an application from Mawnan Parish Council, officially designated the Parish of Mawnan as a Neighbourhood Area to be used in the creation of a NDP. This means that along with the village of Mawnan Smith, our NDP will cover an area stretching from Budock Vean and the Helford Passage to Penwarne and Bareppa, and from Maenporth’s West Bay to Mawnan Old Church.
Does it have any impact?
Yes. A NDP is an official planning document that has to be taken into account by Local Authority Planners and Planning Inspectors when determining planning applications and appeals.
It has to align with polices contained with the Cornwall Local Plan (adopted in 2016), plus national polices too. It is important to note that a NDP contains the local details which are important to the parish community, and responds to issues that are not covered through strategic and national polices.
Do you have a real say?
Definitely. A steering group has been formed to start the NDP process, but we want you, the residents of Mawnan Parish, to help us identify the key issues and continue to shape those as we go along.
Make sure that you have your say – you can start by coming along to an open meeting of the steering group on dates that will be advertised in the Mawnan Diary, on the notice board in the centre of the village, and on the parish website. Tell us what we need to consider for Mawnan’s Plan – whether it is protecting our environment, our heritage, the facilities and activities that contribute to a sense of community, or anything that makes Mawnan special – what do you think should be included?
You will also be asked to vote on the adoption of the Mawnan NDP at a referendum, so your views are crucial. Only once the NDP has been adopted following the referendum will it become mandatory for the planning authorities to take it into account when considering planning applications and making decisions on development proposals.
‘A Neighbourhood Development Plan comes from you the community, so it’s important that you are involved’
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