The first ‘drop-in’ session about the draft Falmouth Neighbourhood Plan was held on 24th January at the Municipal Buildings/Library and was well attended. Over fifty local people came in to chat with a member of the Neighbourhood Plan Team, each receiving ten minutes or more of guidance. Lots of very helpful comments and suggestions were made, that we can look at including in the submitted version of the Plan.
Three more sessions are planned:
Tuesday 7th February – (11am to 3pm) – Falmouth Watersports Centre
Saturday 11th February – (11am to 3pm) – on The Moor
Wednesday 15th February – (6.30pm to 8.30pm) – The Library at Falmouth School
You can also see the Plan and make comments on-line or at Falmouth Library.
There are three more drop in sessions where you can also put questions to members of the Neighbourhood Plan team about the policies and proposals in the Plan:
* Tuesday 7th February – (11am to 3pm) – Falmouth Watersports Centre
* Saturday 11th February – (11am to 3pm) – on The Moor
* Wednesday 15th February – (6.30pm to 8.30pm) – The Library at Falmouth School
In 2014 Cornwall Council agreed to follow up Falmouth Town Council’s request to make an Article 4 Direction to control HMO development in Falmouth. It was agreed that this would occur alongside the development of a Neighbourhood Plan to contain policies to help implement the Article 4.
Since then a considerable amount of work has been done by Cornwall Council in preparation, including obtaining the necessary permissions to proceed, legal assessments, legal drafting, evidence gathering, policy discussions etc. Falmouth Town Council and the Neighbourhood Plan team have been assisting this process throughout, for example by affixing the necessary legal notices to more than 100 locations around the town during May 2016.
The process has now come to a conclusion and the Article 4 Direction has been made.
For a Neighbourhood Plan to reach its full potential in delivering sustainable development as part of the statutory planning framework, and have real local credibility, it must be prepared by the community that lives in, works in and uses the neighbourhood.
The Falmouth Neighbourhood Plan Stakeholder Group has therefore prepared a strategy for engaging with and involving all sectors the community in the preparation and adoption of the Plan.
The Group is conscious of the difference between community engagement and participation, and simple consultation. The intention is therefore to encourage active participation in the work of producing the, through an active dialogue with the community during the engagement stages, using a mix of approaches that will ensure that community understanding of issues is promoted, opinions and ideas are recorded effectively, and feedback to the community is ensured. The strategy statement , which also includes detailed action plans, is a ‘work in progress’ and will be updated as we pass each stage in the Neighbourhood Plan process.
Cornwall Council has formally ‘Designated’ the Falmouth Neighbourhood Areaunder the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012.
Under these any Neighbourhood Plan being produced must be carried out within the Area, the extent of which must be submitted to, publicly advertised, consulted on and approved by Cornwall Council.
The application for designation was submitted by the Town Council on 17th November and after consulting the public and statutory bodies from Friday 28th November 2014 to Friday 9th January 2015 , Cornwall Council confirmed the Designation on 16th January 2015.
In confirming the Designation the Cornwall Council took into account the comments received during the consultation period. These may be found here: Falmouth Delegated Report
Copies of the application and approval papers are below: