Saltash Neighbourhood Plan

Submission Draft Neighbourhood Development Plan Approved by Saltash Town Council

Following the community consultations over summer 2019, the Saltash Neighbourhood Development Plan [NDP] has been amended to respond to the many comments received. It will shortly be submitted to Cornwall Council.

The Consultation Saltash NDP was open for comments for 8 weeks from 19th June to 14th August 2019. Overall a good level of response was received, totalling 187 separate forms. In these 402 separate and relevant comments were made. 

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

All responses received were recorded and summarised in a Response Report which was used to modify the Plan as necessary.

What Happens Next?

This modified and approved Saltash NDP will 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 from the Examination, a Referendum will be held to formally establish local community support for the Plan.

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 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.

NOTE: Due to the Covid-19 emergency, the referendum will not take place until May 2021 at the earliest. In the meantime HM Govt planning guidance and Cornwall Council have indicated that the Plan will be given significant weight in planning application decision making until the referendum result.

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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