The Falmouth Area Coastal Community Team (FACCT) is a newly created body which brings together representatives of the public, private and charitable sectors working for the advancement of Falmouth. It was formed in July 2015, supported by funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
The area covered by FACCT is the entire administrative area of Falmouth plus the marine area to the east between the town and Carrick Roads. Whilst the emphasis of projects is on the core waterside leisure, commercial, harbour and tourism areas, this wider definition provides the opportunity to tackle related economic issues on the seafront and peripheral areas.
FACCT is also acting as the Economy and Employment Working Group for the Neighbourhood Plan, and will be identifying policies and land requirements to meet Falmouth’s business needs for the future.
The FACCT Team have already produced an overarching Falmouth Economic Plan June 2016
FACCT members include:
A&P Ports (Falmouth)
Cornwall Marine Network
English Heritage (Pendennis Castle)
Falmouth Bay Residents Association
Falmouth Civic Society
Falmouth and District Hotels Association
Falmouth First CIC
Falmouth Harbour Commissioners
Falmouth Tall Ships Association
Falmouth Town Council
Falmouth Town Team
National Maritime Museum Cornwall
Falmouth Neighbourhood Plan Stakeholder Group
You can find out more at www.falmouthcoast.org
FACCT is also a member of the Coastal Communities Alliance: http://www.coastalcommunities.co.uk/
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As well as the NPPF the Government has also published the National Planning Practice Guidance portal which provides guidance to Planners, Councillors, planning applicants, developers, and the public as to how the National Planning Policy Framework is to be used. The portal can be found here.
The NPPG includes a section specifically about neighbourhood planning. This provides advice on the neighbourhood planning system introduced by the Localism Act including key stages and decisions (e.g. deciding neighbourhood areas, the legal tests for neighbourhood plans, and the process of independent examination and referendum).
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The Cornwall Local Plan Strategic Policies document sets out the strategic land use policies to meet Cornwall’s economic, environmental and social needs and aims for the future. It will form the framework for all development and supplementary planning documents, and our Neighbourhood Plan.
It was recently amended to reflect comments received during it’s consultation in 2013 and since. The amended document was out for consultations during spring 2014. During the summer Cornwall Council considered the new representations that were made and proposed a ‘Schedule of Focused Changes’ for consultation during autumn of 2014. This consultation ended on Thursday 16 October 2014. The Plan, and the Focused Changes, were then considered by the full Cornwall Council on 16th December 2014. The full Council approved the documents for submission to the Secretary of State. The documents will be submitted in early 2015, and an Examination in Public is expected in summer 2015, with adoption in autumn.
A copy of the documents that are being submitted can be found below. To get a complete picture you need to cross reference from the Submission Document to the Focused Changes document and the maps that go with them, and also the policies of the Carrick Local Plan that are being ‘saved’. For the Strategic Policies section on Falmouth see pages 68 to 72 in particular.
Cornwall-Local Plan Key Diagram
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