If approved by local people, Falmouth's Neighbourhood Plan could set the town’s agenda for the next decade. The Plan’s aim is to limit inappropriate housing developments, protect vital open spaces, create a new green corridor and provide a powerful tool that will help councillors to repel planning applications that threaten the town’s future prosperity. Following extensive community engagement during 2015 and 2016, Falmouth Town Council (FTC) has now published the first draft of its Neighbourhood Plan in a second phase of consultation that runs until Friday 17 February 2017.
To view and comment on the draft Plan, local residents are being encouraged to visit:
• Falmouth Library during normal opening hours
• Drop-in sessions (where you can also put questions to members of the Neighbourhood Plan team) on:
Tuesday 24th January (11am to 3pm) at the Municipal Building
Tuesday 7th February (11am to 3pm) at Falmouth Watersports Centre
Saturday 11th February (11am to 3pm) on The Moor and
Wednesday 15th February (6.30pm to 8.30pm) in the Library at Falmouth School.
“We are doing everything we possibly can to raise awareness about Falmouth’s draft Neighbourhood Plan and ensure that it accurately reflects the concerns and aspirations of everyone who is registered to vote in local elections,” explains Cllr Candy Atherton who chairs Falmouth Town Council’s Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. “Local people have around five weeks to find out more about the ideas that are being proposed and share their feedback with us. We are constrained by National and County planning policies and housing targets, some aspects of which may not appeal to everyone, but we believe the Plan is both well balanced and positive. Our guiding principle is to work collaboratively and establish the most effective Plan we can for our very special town - so please do engage with the consultation process and have your say.”
When all feedback has been considered, the Plan will be submitted to Cornwall Council for scrutiny and become the subject of a referendum later in the Spring. If local residents vote positively, the Plan will be made in law and used to secure the best possible future for the town and its people.