Monday, 4 April 2016

St Ives Cornwall - Neighbourhood Plan

St Ives Cornwall - Neighbourhood Plan - 2015 - 2030
St Ives Cornwall - Neighbourhood Plan - 2015 - 2030

St Ives Neighbourhood Plan - 2015 to 2030 -
has been published by St Ives Town Council.

A Neighbourhood Plan sets out the community’s views on the development and use of land. This includes setting policies on where development should go, how development is designed or, to give permission for certain types of development.

For now its is just a proposal - there will be a referendum on Thursday 5th May 2016 - where all local residents will be able to vote - yes to accept or no to reject.

The plan runs to no fewer than 108 pages - and you can read it in full here:
St Ives Cornwall - Neighbourhood Plan - 2015 - 2030

You can also view various supporting documents here:
St Ives Cornwall - Neighbourhood Plan - Website

The plan covers a whole host of local  issues including:
  • Culture
  • Heritage
  • Economic Development
  • Housing
  • Open Spaces
  • Leisure
  • Transport
I've not yet had time to read all of it - but will be doing so - so I'm not in a position to comment - yet.

I suspect that the section on Housing - which starts on page 23 - is the part that will generate the most comment - and possibly controversy.

H2 Principal Residence Requirement
Due to the impact upon the local housing market of the continued uncontrolled growth of dwellings used for holiday accommodation (as second or holiday homes) new open market housing, excluding replacement dwellings, will only be supported where there is a restriction to ensure its occupancy as a Principal Residence. Sufficient guarantee must be provided of such occupancy restriction through the imposition of a planning condition or legal agreement. New unrestricted second homes will not be supported at any time ...........

What I would say is - please do read it - as it will affect the future of our town for the next fifteen years.

Also - whatever your views - please vote on 5th May.

Please post any comments / views that you have here.

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