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Communities asked to have their say on plan to build 47,500 homes in Cornwall by 2030

By tobymeyjes  |  Posted: March 14, 2014

Communities in Cornwall are being asked to have their say on a planning document that will help shape the future of the county for the next 20 years

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Communities in Cornwall are being asked to have their say on a planning document that will help shape the future of the county for the next 20 years.

Cornwall Council has invited people to comment on the latest version of the Cornwall Local Plan, which sets out the council’s aims and planning policies for new housing, community facilities and essential public services until 2030.

Councillors increased the number of houses included in the planning document to 47,500 in January, up from the 42,250 agreed just over a year ago,

The consultation process will give communities the chance to comment on the updated plans and suggest any changes they feel necessary.

The feedback will then be provided to the Secretary of State, and considered at a public examination, when the plans head for approval.

Edwina Hannaford, cabinet member for environment, heritage and planning, said it was vital to have a plan in place as quickly as possible.

She said: “While I recognise the concerns which have been expressed over the proposed increase in housing, we need to ensure that our figures are realistic and reflect the proposed increases in population and the number of planning permissions which have already been granted in Cornwall.

“This will strengthen the draft Local Plan’s position when it is put forward to the Secretary of State for examination and provide a greater contribution towards meeting housing need.

“The plan’s policies also promote important issues such as the local economy, affordable housing, community facilities, renewable energy and other essential infrastructure whilst incorporating measures to enhance Cornwall’s natural and historic assets.”

The new consultation process is set to begin today (Monday) and last until April 28. The proposed changes and associated documents can be viewed in council libraries and one stop shops, as well as on the Cornwall Local Plan pages of the Cornwall Council website.

Unless significant new issues are raised in this consultation, the council will then submit the plan to the Secretary of State.

Cornwall’s Head of Planning Phil Mason, said: “This means that this may be the last chance for members of the public to lodge comments for the examination. We are conscious that people put a lot of effort into the last consultation and we are happy to accept comments which were made previously.

“If, in light of changes to our plan, people want to amend their comments we are also happy to accept minor amendments and the substantive content of their original representation will remain. People can also resubmit a replacement comment if they want to.”

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  • JeremyBadger  |  March 18 2014, 12:29PM

    Jonny2010, these council staff probably had to do this to counteract those multiple consultation forms filled in and made up by "Cornish First" bigots.

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  • Jonny2010  |  March 17 2014, 10:53PM

    Don't think for one second that Cornwall Council will listen to the views of residents in this "consultation" exercise. I know, for a fact, that during one so-called consultation exercise two managers sat in an office (door closed) and made up hundreds of results. HUNDREDS. I'm so angry that some of the stuff going on at that Council.

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  • westwelsh  |  March 17 2014, 8:40PM

    Well said Johnny 2010! The English Imperial State has undermined and covertly suppressed Cornish control over our country and duchy. We need to sweep the board clean at Lys Kernow, and reinstate Cornish people in places of control over our destiny. There should be a "Cornish first" clause at Lys Kernow for all positions. Vote Mebyon Kernow to reclaim power for the Cornish people.

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  • Jonny2010  |  March 16 2014, 10:32PM

    Break is spot on. Cornwall Council is an organisation which is told exactly what to do by people in Bristol and London. In recent years there has been a big drive to fill the senior jobs at Cornwall Council with people who are not Cornish. People who simply do as their masters tell them. In certain departments the top brass are 0% Cornish. Don't believe me? Well it's hardly surprising when the top jobs are heavily advertised OUTSIDE of Cornwall, there is even a specialist recruitment firm in Birmingham who deals with it all. The Irish, Welsh and Scot stopped putting up with this rubbish years ago. Time for Cornwall and Cornish people to put a foot down!

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  • break  |  March 15 2014, 10:29PM

    Since when has Cornwall Council listened to communities, the only people it listens to live a few hundred miles away. Its seriously asking us what we think, when in most cases it ploughs through doing as its masters orders, completely ignoring that community, and cutting the community facilities and public services to the point of oblivion, again ignoring that community. How it thinks it can even afford another 47,500 houses when its struggling at this moment, leads me to think that even more services will cut in the near future. And the Secretary of State won't be much better, that'll just make any plans put foward more diconnected with the community.

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  • westwelsh  |  March 14 2014, 10:45PM

    Build only local homes for sale at affordable prices only to local Cornish people

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