The Stakeholder Group held a Community Feedback Workshop in the Falmouth Town Council Chamber on Friday 7th October 23015, to consider the results of the survey carried out as part of the community engagement process for the Falmouth Neighbourhood Plan.
The aim was to define a draft ‘shared vision’ for Falmouth’s future. This was to be the basis of a broad set of aims, objectives and outline strategy for achieving sustainable development in the town. It was also the intention to agree on the topics around which ‘working groups’ would form and the main elements of a work-brief for each team.
The workshop was presented with a summary of the community engagement results, a copy of which can be found here: FNP Survey Presentation
Following that, the workshop received a presentation on ‘can our Neighbourhood Plan achieve sustainable development?’, a copy of which can be found here: FNP Sustainability Presentation
It was agreed that the explanation and illustration of a “narrative of place” for Falmouth (Refer to slides 8 and 9) expressed as…
- statements linking the social, economic and environmental aspects
- a narrative that captures the essential distinctiveness of Falmouth
- local design, traditional routes, cherished views and settings, variations in neighbourhood and community character, popular gathering places
- its culture, heritage, the role of the river and sea
- link the historic to the continuing evolution of the town
… provides the basis for a vision statement.
Participants agreed that it would be futile to attempt to capture a concise statement in the workshop but, with the above points in mind, a future meeting of the Steering Group will agree on a vision statement. This will have a maritime reference as the focus and include the town’s wider role as the centre for the surrounding parishes, encouraging them to turn towards Falmouth.
A set of objectives, on which to build strategy and policies were agreed to be:
- build a sustainable and balanced community
- integrate with the A4D and supporting policy
- direct development (new proposals, redevelopment, intensification) to specific locations
- support the maritime heritage, tourism and industry
- integrate infrastructure and strengthen connectivity
- give design guidance on achieving human scale, character and design
- high value employment
- tackling deprivation
- raising/delivering aspirations
- include the harbour within the boundary of the plan
- ensuring services are adequate for Falmouth and the surrounding area
It was agreed the four working groups would be
- Economy (lead by Candy Atherton)
- Environment & Open Spaces (lead by David Yelland)]
- Housing & Sustainability (lead by Grenville Chappel)
- Spatial Strategy, Integration & Design Guidance (lead by Mike Jenks)
A full report of the workshop may be found here: FNP Workshop 1 reportFollow us on