St Eval has become the first parish council in Cornwall to produce its Neighbourhood Development Plan for formal consultation.

Local councils across the UK were given the powers to develop Neighbourhood Development Plans as part of the 2011 Localism Act. Since then more than 60 parishes across Cornwall have begun work on developing plans for their local areas.

St Eval became one of the first local councils to formally designate its parish as a Neighbourhood Development Area following concerns over Ministry of Defence (MoDʼs) plans to sell some of its land at Trevisker. The proposal to develop a Neighbourhood Development Plan was seen by both the parish council and the local community as an opportunity to shape future development in the area at the same time as safeguarding and enhancing valued characteristics.

Since then St Eval has successfully consulted local residents on the draft Neighbourhood Development Plan through extensive community engagement events, questionnaires and social media sites. The plan was then submitted to Cornwall Council for legal compliance checks.

The next stage of the process involves a formal consultation process carried out by Cornwall Council. This began on 16 July and will run until 27 August. Once this has been completed the Plan will move forward to the independent examination in September, with a referendum being carried out in the autumn.

Julie Baker, Chair of St Eval’s Neighbourhood Development Plan, said “We are extremely pleased to have reached this milestone as it represents almost three years of hard work by the local community and our supporters. It is a big step towards our vision of producing a balanced and sustainable neighbourhood plan which will reflect our aspirations for future development within the parish. We look forward to moving into the next important phase”.

Edwina Hannaford, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Heritage and Planning, said “I congratulate the community of St Eval on being so advanced with their NDP. Neighbourhood planning is a powerful tool that puts local residents in the driving seat in planning for the future of their community.”

Story posted 25 July 2014