At their recent Extraordinary meeting, the Town Council, after a lively debate, formally approved the proposed Planning Policies to be included in the Newquay Neighbourhood Plan (NNP) subject to further refinement and enhancement coming out of the scheduled informal and formal consultation of the Plan.
The Council accepted that the Policies were not set in stone and the Working Party will be reaching out again to residents and businesses in the town over the next few weeks to contribute to the final round of informal consultation. This approval means, however, that the NNP team can progress to the next stage of the Plan’s adoption and start work on production of the printed Draft Plan.
This Draft Plan will be presented in the Autumn to the Town Council to approve the start of formal consultation, not only with residents and businesses in Newquay but with the other interested bodies including our neighbouring parishes.
If all goes well, the NNP will be presented for necessary legalities to Cornwall Council by the New Year, at which time the Policies have the weight to be considered in Planning Applications.
Following that review which could take anything up to 6 months, residents will be given the opportunity to take part in a formal referendum as to whether they accept the plans or not.
Cllr Joanna Kenny, chair of both the NNP Steering Group and NNP Working Party said “I was delighted to see so many people in the gallery in support of our NNP; clearly a major interest was the proposal for Newquay to be one of the first to establish a Coastal Change Management Area from the Gannel to Watergate to manage development along our fragile and falling cliffs”
She added “There is still time to get involved and make our plan even better and more your document. Come and see us at our stall at the Fish Festival from 08 – 10 September, we’ll be happy to talk you through the detail and take on board your views. Keep an eye out for the delivery of our progress report. We’d hate to reach the referendum stage and then find our Community want something different. We need to know what you think now”