Saltash Neighbourhood Plan

Draft Saltash Neighbourhood Development Plan Consultation Period has now closed.

The first draft of the Saltash NDP has now been formally published for consultations.

This document has been  prepared by a community Steering Group working for and on behalf of Saltash Town Council, based on the feedback from extensive community engagement.

The Saltash NDP was open for comments for 8 weeks from 19th June to 14th August 2019.

You can see it here: SALTASH NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN

Note: Maps 21, 22, 23, 24, 28 and 35 have been improved for clarity and make corrections as at 9th August 2014)

A summary leaflet can be downloaded here: SUMMARY LEAFLET

The opportunity to comment on the Saltash NDP has now closed for the time being, but there will be further opportunities to comment in the near future.

Nearly 200 local residents commented on the draft NDP, and these are now being analysed before the Plan is amended and submitted to Cornwall Council. The views of several public bodies are also being considered.

A summary of the comments received will be published here in the next few weeks.

What Happens Next?

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 NDP will then be sent to Cornwall Council as the Local Planning Authority to check for legal compliance.

Once compliant, a further six week consultation will 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 Council as a formal planning document which must be taken into account when future planning decisions facing Saltash are decided by Cornwall Council, Planning Inspectors, and the Environment Secretary.

It is hoped that this process will be completed by the end of 2019 or soon thereafter.

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!

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