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Cornwall Council Biodiversity Supplementary Planning Document 2017

The Biodiversity SPD sets out a new approach by Cornwall Council for achieving a gain for nature, or at worst no net loss, within development sites. It does this by encouraging green and blue space within development sites, such as parks, ponds and corridors of open green space along rivers and hedges.

For the first time the SPD contains clear guidelines for how developers should approach hedge protection and creation as these are very important features for wildlife within our landscape. Importantly it also gives prescriptive measures for the provision of bat and bird boxes, and bee bricks which are to be built into dwellings, to make sure that our built environment makes space for nature. It also sets out more clearly the quality of ecological reporting which we expect, including the requirements of the British Standard for Biodiversity, BS42020.

For a copy see here: CC Biodiversity SPD v4

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Historic Environment

Cornwall Council’s Supplementary Planning Document, currently in draft, can be found here:

Historic Environment SPD Draft

The proposals in the Saltash NDP have been assessed for their heritage impact. Detail can be found in the Village Boundary and Sites Appraisal report and the Sustainability Checklist.

Local buildings of note that are not on the Statutory List if Buildings of Architectural or Historic Interest have been assessed for inclusion in a Local Listing under Saltash NDP Policy ENV4: Local Listing of Heritage Assets

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Coastal Community Team (CCT) Economic Plan

The Saltash Coastal Community Team (CCT) has created an Economic Plan which aims to promote economic activity in Saltash as a whole (and the Waterside area in particular) through encouraging tourists and local people to visit the area. This is an aim that sits squarely and well-integrated with the vision and aims of this Neighbourhood Plan. The Economic Plan also provides an avenue to grant aid investment from the national Coastal Community Fund scheme.

Saltash CCT Economic Plan

Saltash CCT Economic Plan Fig 5

Saltash CCT Economic Plan Fig 6

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What makes a good neighbourhood?

Discussion of ‘Neighbourhood Well Being’ gravitates around local empowerment and adequacy of investment, but that there is a clear physical environmental link too. Whilst Neighbourhood Planning is in itself a form of local empowerment, it can also facilitate the delivery of some of the key elements of good neighbourhoods:  access to services and facilities, a physical structure that promotes neighbourliness, ease of maintenance, community safety, and good design.

A conceptual statement to guide the NDP policies could therefore be as follows:

Access to Facilities
✓   Essential every-day facilities and services (eg Shop, café, post-box) within 5 to 10 minutes walking distance
✓   Health, educational, financial (ATM) and well-being facilities accessible on foot/bike or short bus trip.
✓   Formal gathering places such as community halls within 20 minutes walking distance
✓   Cycle routes and parking spaces
✓   Clear signage
✓   Disabled Parking spaces
✓   Adequate disabled access
✓   Informal gathering and play spaces within the public realm
✓   Small open performance spaces
✓   Public wifi
✓   Seating
✓   Trees and planting
✓   Urban allotment opportunities
✓   Simple recycling facilities
Maintenance and Cleansing
✓   Well maintained buildings and street scene furniture
✓   Clean and visible playspaces
✓   Excellent street cleansing
✓   Minimal dereliction, underutilised and under maintained spaces and places
✓   Good air quality
Community Safety
✓ ‘  Design out crime’ – good visibility, no isolated spaces,
✓   Balance activities which may be crime generators such as bars, night time uses, restaurants and entertainment venues in terms of scale, size and local context
✓   CCTV as necessary,
✓   Well defined and purposeful open spaces.
✓   Human Scale – walkable, eye-level, tactile, pleasant smelling, quiet.
✓   Distinctive and unified design that gives a ‘sense of place’
✓   Use of colour and texture to give definition
✓   Respecting scale, height, volume, site coverage and distance from and effect upon, adjacent buildings;
✓   Equality Act 2010 (DDA) compliant
✓   Community Spirit
✓    Spaces that support good ‘Social Capital’ – networks that people are involved in and engaged with others in informal, social activities; membership of groups and associations

More discussion is in the attached note:


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