Thursday, 15 December 2011

How will Launceston develop - your chance to have a say

For the past year, a group of town and parish councillors, together with local Cornwall councillors has been working on a plan for how our town and immediate surrounding area can develop over the next 20 years.

We have been putting together what is known as a town framework plan. It's the first stage towards a legally enforceable document to ensure that when a developer wants to build, it is the sort of development we want and in the place we want it.

We've had the support of experts in traffic management, the historic environment, infrastructure and utilities and we've conducted site visits to possible development areas. The final results have been put together and there will be a formal public consultation starting in the New Year.

As part of this, there will be a full day consultation in the Town Hall on Friday 20th January from 12 noon to 7pm. Everyone is invited to come along to have their say.


Stephen Richardson said...

Is a Town Framework Plan different to the Neighbourhood Plan envisaged by the Localism Act?

Alex Folkes said...

Yep - very different in terms of the weight it carries in planning law.
The town framework plan is simply advisory. It's better than nothing though.
The neighbourhood plan - which has to be in accordance with national planning policy and the Cornwall Core Strategy and voted through by a local referendum - will carry lots of planning weight. It will be able to say where particular types of development can go and where they cannot.
We anticipate that the work done to date will not be wasted but will take use quite a long way down the road to neighbourhood plan status.