Saltash Neighbourhood Plan

Result of Independent Examination of Draft Saltash Neighbourhood Development Plan Expected Soon

The Independent Examination of the Submitted Draft Saltash Neighbourhood Development Plan [NDP] has concluded and the Examiners Report is with the Local Planning Authority [Cornwall Council].

Shortly it it is expected that Cornwall Council will consider the Examiner’s Report and authorise a Referendum of local people on the NDP.

At the Referendum, all registered electors in Saltash will be entitled to vote for or against the NDP. If the majority of those voting are in favour of 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.

If the vote is against the NDP, then Cornwall Council will only take into account national and county-wide planning policies when it considers planning applications.

Local voters must decide which is best.

Plenty of notice will be given in advance of the Referendum.

Please use your vote when the Referendum takes place. It is important that the result reflects the will of the local Saltash community!

IMPORTANT NOTE: THE SALTASH NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN DOES NOT ALLOCATE LAND FOR HOUSING IN THE PILL AREA OF SALTASH.

FOR INFORMATION ON THAT SEE CORNWALL COUNCIL’S LOCAL PLAN ALLOCATIONS DEVELOPMENT PLAN DOCUMENT FROM THE MENU TO THE LEFT.

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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