2011 Update 5 September
Open meeting: 7pm Tuesday 11th October, Portscatho Memorial Hall:
PROTECTING OUR COAST AND COUNTRYSIDE:
HOW THE COMMUNITY CAN INFLUENCE PLANNING POLICY
As I said in my August update, if we want to protect Pendower Beach and our local landscape in the longer term, we won't succeed just by fighting individual planning applications. We have to understand how planning policy works and what we can do to influence it. This is your chance to meet senior level politicians and planning officers and ask them questions. It's also your chance to show those who make and carry out policy the strength of local opinion.
Please encourage everyone else to come, especially if they live on the Roseland.
Planning policy proposals currently being drawn up by the Government and by Cornwall Council could have a major impact on our landscape. Our speakers will describe these changes. There are fears that if communities do not respond, they will be presumed to be in favour of development. Local people will have the power to shape planning decisions in their neighbourhood under the Localism Bill. You can find out how on 11th October.
Matthew Taylor – former MP for Truro and St Austell, now Lord Taylor of Goss Moor
Phil Mason - Head of Service for Planning & Regeneration, Cornwall Council
David Edmondson - Area Chief Planning Officer, Cornwall Council
June Crosland/Colette Holden - Cornwall AONB Partnership
Michael Calder/Paul Walton - The National Trust
Julian German - our local Cornwall Councillor
Followed by question and answer session
You'll find attached information and publicity about the meeting. We've put this in A4 and A5 format, for you to put on notice boards, in a window of your house or the rear window of your car. Please help us by printing off these notices and putting them wherever you can.
I'm also attaching information given to me by our MP Sarah Newton on how Neighbourhood Plans described in the Localism Bill will work. It's well worth reading.
I'm hoping our speakers will circulate notes of what they'll be saying before the meeting, which we'll put on the website. There's quite a lot of detailed information but we'll make it as widely available and as easy to follow as possible. The most important part of the meeting will be questions to the panel, so you'll have a chance to ask for more information then.
I look forward to seeing you on 11th October. Many thanks for any help you can give us to make this a success.
Helen Hastings, Chair Friends of Pendower Beach