Neighbourhood Plan submitted to Cornwall Council

St Ives Area Neighbourhood Plan has been submitted to Cornwall Council

St Ives Area Neighbourhood Development Plan has been submitted to Cornwall Council this week, following a decision by the Town Council to ratify the Submission Draft. This is a great step forward towards reaching the final stages of our Plan. The Submission Draft, all related maps and accompanying documentation can be accessed here.

After the town council had voted its approval, the Mayor, Councillor Linda Taylor, noted that this was a momentous step for the town council to take.  She continued to say that everyone involved in the neighbourhood planning process should be very proud to have brought this draft local planning policy forward.

Lucy Davis, the Neighbourhood Plan Project Officer said ‘I have spent two years working with an inspiring and dedicated group of volunteers who have worked tirelessly to make sure the community’s aspirations can be reflected in our future planning policy. It is a great example of a council-community partnership, a ground-breaking process and I hope others will be inspired to follow our lead.’

Also pleased that the plan had reached the stage where it is ready to be sent on to Cornwall Council was Councillor Rita Lait – a town councillor and Chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group – the group who led the plan process.  Councilor Lait stated that  ‘A dedicated team of volunteers from the community and some members of the Town Council have been working tirelessly on the Plan for the last two years, with numerous public consultations throughout this period.  We are indebted to Lucy Davis, our Neighbourhood Plan officer, an invaluable part of the team, who has co-ordinated the whole process and drawn together all the policies and supporting information to write the submission document.  I am proud to have been involved in the process.  This is localism in action, an example of how community and local Council can work together, to produce a Plan which will allow local people to shape the future growth and development of the St Ives area.’

Next Steps

Cornwall Council, as Local Planning Authority, will now conduct a legal conformity test, a further six week public consultation and submit the Plan for Independent Examination. For details on how the Local Planning Authority is involved in the neighbourhood planning process, click here.
During the next few months, the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group will be making decisions with Cornwall Council about necessary changes that arise from legal advice and consultation. We will keep you informed via the website and through this newsletter. If you want information at any point on the progress of the Plan,