OPEN LETTER FROM THE MYLOR NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN STEERING GROUP
A copy of a letter from Cornwall Council has appeared in the Post Office window in Mylor Bridge today, 14 October 2020. You can read it here.
The NDP team is concerned to read about Cornwall Council’s intention to impose a large and inappropriate social housing development on the Parish, and we wish to clarify some points.
The letter shows that Cornwall Council intends to build up to 81 social homes to rent in the Parish. This is far more than needed and does not give the Parish the mix of affordable housing it requires for local families and all age groups.
The NDP’s research shows a need for a total of 30 affordable homes, 12 in Flushing and 18 in Mylor for the period of the Plan to 2030: a mix of 70% affordable homes to rent and 30% affordable homes to buy or as shared ownership. This is supported by surveys and research carried out by the NDP over the past three years, including Cornwall Council’s own survey on our behalf of local housing needs. The affordable housing policy in the Plan reflects this and the Plan has been strongly endorsed by parishioners in the recent Regulation 14 statutory public consultation which took place between 13 July and 11 September 2020.
In the past weeks the NDP team has tried to urge the Parish Council to make this information open to everyone in the Parish, but our letters and requests have gone unanswered. Instead, we have been told to pause our work on seeing the NDP through to completion, and it has been alleged that we have shared confidential information, including the letter that has appeared today. For the record, we have not.
Our perception is that a minority of Parish Councillors have been working on this plan for 100% social rented homes, with officials of Cornwall Council, a landowner, and a Ward Councillor. There has been no consultation with the community. This apparent secrecy goes against Cornwall Council’s own policy of openness and public engagement. It seems that Mylor’s NDP is being ignored and could lead to house building being uncontrolled in the Parish for years to come.
If Cornwall Council’s plans go ahead, they will not give the Parish the affordable homes it needs. The scale of such a development could provide Cornwall Council with some spare housing capacity for people from outside the Parish, but it will not give people in Flushing and Mylor Bridge the types of home needed: for example, larger affordable houses for growing families to move into, freeing up some of the existing affordable housing stock. What is more, development on this scale could potentially threaten Mylor’s AONB status.
A consultant has been hired by the Parish Council to help complete the NDP, at cost, and we wish to get on with supporting that work.
With this information now public, we encourage everyone to share this open letter and read Cornwall Council’s plans.
Please visit www.parish-council.com/mylor/ and contact your Parish Council to express concerns.
Mylor Neighbourhood Development Plan team.
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