Saltash Neighbourhood Plan

First Draft of Saltash Neighbourhood Plan

A first draft of the Plan is now available although it has not yet been formally published for consultations.

This document represents the first complete draft of a Neighbourhood Development Plan  prepared by a Steering Group working for and on behalf of Saltash . Watch out for announcements about the consultation process.

You can see it here: SALTASH NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN

After the consultation period ends, all responses received will be recorded and summarised in a Report of Findings which will be used to modify the Plan as necessary. Approval of the modified Plan will then be sought from Saltash Town Council.

This modified and approved Saltash Neighbourhood Development Plan will then be sent to Cornwall Council as the Local Planning Authority to check for legal compliance.

Once compliant, a further six week consultationwill be held by Cornwall Council inviting representations which will be put before an Independent Examiner. The Examiner will produce and publish a report with recommendations which might or might not require further modification of the Plan.

Assuming a positive outcome, a Referendum will be held to formally establish local community support for the Plan.

If the majority of those voting are in favourof the Plan,it will be adopted by Cornwall Councilas a formal planning document with substantial influence over determining future planning decisions facing Saltash.

It is hoped that this process will be completed byno later than the end of 2019.

Why are the community of Saltash preparing a Neighbourhood Plan?

Saltash is a thriving community, with lots of drive and ambition to improve. Right at the ‘Gateway to Cornwall’, it has a unique waterfront setting, excellent transport links, and with the great City of Plymouth just across the Tamar, its a desirable place to live, work, learn and visit. These give immense opportunities for prosperity through well balanced growth.

But there are challenges: the affordability of housing, low wages, competing land uses, traffic and pedestrian congestion, the changing balance within our community, and global environmental change to name a few.

We need to take the opportunities and tackle the challenges so that our present needs are met without harming the ability of future generations to meet their needs. That is the essence of sustainable development.

The Saltash Neighbourhood Plan is the opportunity for everyone in the town to have a real say as to how sustainable development is done. It’s a new type of plan that has come about from the Localism Act 2011 which gives everyone who lives in a local area the democratic right to be involved in drawing up the plan.

What’s more, when it’s written, the plan has to be agreed through a local referendum, in which everyone on the electoral roll gets a vote. If the vote is in favour, the Neighbourhood Plan is ‘made’ in law and cannot be ignored when planning applications are decided by Cornwall Council, Planning Inspectors, or the Government.

A Neighborhood Plan can control the way that land is used for housing, business, shops and leisure. It could also protect green spaces and influence the design of buildings and estates, tackle difficult issues and support the things that make Saltash such a great place to live, work, learn and visit.

Why should we care? Well, if we are all involved, our community’s creativity, energy and diversity can be released to make a plan that is fair, inclusive, and well-balanced. So please get involved and get your views across!

Huge response to residents survey: we received 1,440 forms back!

That may be the biggest ever response to this type of survey in Saltash. Early results from our analysis can be found here: Survey results.

The Town Council website includes a page on the Neighbourhood Plan here. The agendas and minutes of the Neighbourhood Plan Sub-Committee and Steering Group may be found there.

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