Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Changes to Cornwall Local Plan agreed

A revised draft of the Cornwall Local Plan was agreed at today’s Full Council meeting.

As readers of this blog will know, a submission draft of the document was presented to central government earlier this year and a single Government Inspector, Simon Emerson, was appointed to review the proposed planning policies at an Examination in Public (EIP).

The first stage of the EIP took place in May, when Mr Everson ruled that the Examination be suspended so that elements of the document could be rewritten.

Today’s meeting basically agreed those changes, as instructed by Mr Everson, with the headline housing target now being 52,500 based a new FOAN (Full Objectively Assessed Need.

Councillors from across the Chamber voted to agree the changes to the document, because frankly that was all they could do.

However, I proposed that the “eco-community” allocation be removed from the document, and the housing reallocated to other parts of Cornwall, but my proposal was defeated overwhelmingly.

I will cover this in more detail in another blog later tonight.

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