Your Future, Your Plan
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News from the Steering Group
The Neighbourhood Development Plan team has been hard at work over the past month raising awareness of the plan across the Parish. You might have spotted our post box and the post cards which people have been using to say what they love about living here and what they would like to change in the future; more about those below and about forthcoming dates for public meetings.
When it is finished, the Mylor Neighbourhood Development Plan (as it will be called, because it covers Mylor Parish) will form the first level of planning law. That means that developers and others who wish to apply for planning in future will have to make sure their proposals are reflected in the Plan, and match the priorities of the people who live here.
That is why we are consulting as many people as possible who live in the Parish. The challenge we all face is this: how do we develop Mylor and Flushing and the other settlements in the Parish, in a sustainable way without adversely affecting the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which surrounds us?
One of our tasks, together, in the coming months, is to come up with a shared vision for the future of our Parish. We will be working on this with your help at public meetings and through our social media. If you have ideas, please come along ready to share, debate and tell us what is important to you as the future planning criteria for the Parish. Join in the conversation and have your say.
Answers on a postcard please
Our post boxes are popping up at public meetings such as the recent evening in Flushing Village Club and the Mylor Christmas Fair at Tremayne Hall, and they will be travelling around the shops, pubs, cafes and schools in the coming months. The questions are; “What do I like best about my community?” and “What would I like to change?”. If you can’t get hold of a post card, you can write a note and put it in one of the boxes, or you can email your reply.
This simple but effective method is already eliciting some valuable information and ideas which we are collating so that the topic groups can feed them into their deliberations. It is a little early to report in detail on the main themes that are emerging, but it is clear that the comments on parking, housing, space for our schools, traffic speed and community facilities are fitting well with our topic groups. We will be asking further questions as the plan develops, so please keep your contributions coming.
We would especially like to hear more from younger people so if you have young members of your family, from school age upwards, please encourage them to take part and get their friends involved as well. This is their chance to tell us their aspirations for the future of the place where they live. It is a hard fact but our Parish is graded as a Tier 1 area which is the highest housing price category in Cornwall. It is a challenge for young people to get a foot on the housing ladder, even with so-called affordable housing. We need to hear your ideas about what we can do about this so that young people do not have to move away from their home area, and that if they wish to, they can have the opportunity to move back here.
Sign up for the survey
In the New Year we will be asking everyone in the Parish to complete a survey, the results of which will help us start to flesh out policies for the plan. The survey will be delivered to every household in the parish and we will also be running a test survey via the website. To do that we need at least 400 people to sign up on the site, so that we have a representative sample. We are more than half way there with over 200 people already signed up, but we need more, so please visit the website and register to take part.
These days we are bombarded with opinion surveys of one form or another, but this one is really important. What you tell us through this survey and others to follow later in the year will help shape the parish up to 2030 and beyond. Your voice counts so please look out for it when the survey pops through your door or lands in your inbox and spare a little time to complete it. Thank you
More public events coming soon
The Steering Group, chaired by Steve Solomon, is meeting monthly, and every other meeting is open for the public to attend. These meetings are a good opportunity to meet the steering group and volunteers on our topic groups, to ask questions and give views. The next public meeting will be on Saturday 20 January at Tremayne Hall in Mylor Bridge (time to be confirmed, so check the website for details nearer the time). We will also be at the Flushing Produce and Craft Market on Saturday 27 January, when we will be providing the teas, coffees and cakes, and talking to people about the plan, with one of our post boxes. Come and join us.
Visit the Website
New pages have been added to the site giving information about our public engagements, links to this
newsletter and previous issues, and working group topics. If you have questions about the plan a good place to start is our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) sheet. If you have a question we haven’t thought of yet, please email us and we will update the FAQs with the answer.
When you visit the website don’t forget to register on the home page. We will use your details to contact you about the plan and seek your views. Your contact details are fully protected and are not transferable to any other person or organisation. We will only contact you on the subject of the Neighbourhood Development Plan.
The website has a contact form for you use if you have questions and suggestions, and if you have a message for one of the topic groups. If you’re not online, our Secretary Pat Willmore (01326 372168), can steer you to the right person.
You’ll find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, all great places to join in the conversation, air your views and ask questions. Select your preferred method of keeping in touch below. Feel free to ‘like’ and ‘share’ and invite your family and friends to take part. See you there.