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The NDP team has been putting the finishing touches to the Neighbourhood Development Plan for the Parish of Mylor. The policies are based on the results of our consultation with the community, surveys, research and information gathered since late 2017. Thank you to everyone who has fed in your view at events, public meetings, online and in paper surveys. The Plan will reflect the community’s needs and wishes, supported by evidence and research.

In May 2019 we consulted about preferences for affordable housing development, and in July we shared a summary of the policies. You can view that summary here. In recent months we have refined the policies further and written the background papers that accompany them in our first full informal draft of the whole Neighbourhood Development Plan.

That full draft was sent to Cornwall Council on 3 February 2020, a major milestone for us. It will now receive technical advice from the Local Planning Authority and several environmental agencies on our planning policies. At the same time, as required by EU law (which still applies), our draft Plan will be screened to determine if the community’s development proposals will have a significant effect on the natural and historic built environment of the Parish. If so, we will need to carry out a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), which is a great deal of extra work. We have done our best to craft the Plan with preservation of the environment top of our agenda, so we hope this extra assessment will not be necessary.

The Plan has also gone to all members of the Parish Council, for their information and comment. We expect to hear back from Cornwall Council and the Parish Council in early March. Assuming we do not need to undertake a full SEA, we intend to produce the Final Draft for ratification by the Parish Council at the end of March.

The way will then be clear for us to hold the statutory 6-week pre-submission consultation with all parishioners, starting in April. This is an opportunity for everyone in the Parish to comment. You will be able to do that via this website, on paper in writing or by email, and at exhibitions and events around the Parish. Wherever you live or work in the Parish please take part in this final consultation and give us views about the future for our communities.

Once that has happened – and after some further tweaks to the Plan in the light of the consultation – there will be a referendum in the autumn, to ask whether our planning policies should be made into law.

You can view the NDP documents as we publish them here

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