Neighbourhood Development Plans are the most import way for the people of an area to influence the future shape of their Community. They need to fit with national policy and the Cornwall Core Strategy but give the residents through consultation, an examination and a referendum the ability to say where development should take place and what kind and scale this should be. There is a need to progress this work quickly, it also needs to reflect the make up of the community and be as inclusive as possible.

This website is set up to enable all who have internet access to engage with the process, gather information on the plans as they develop and give feed back so that their views are given due consideration.

It is starting with three parishes: one has already registered to produce their parish plan and two others who are just taking their first steps. If other moorland parishes wish to join as a community particularly to make sure that the moorwide issues  have joined up policies they will be welcome to participate

8 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. The electoral register was last updated in November and is now frozen until the new version is published in February. I have been able to get confirmation that Janet Bliss has sent in aregistration form since the November update and will appear on the February release. Therfore I have been able to approve the comment

  2. Regarding the neighborhood development plan as discussed at the meeting 28/11/13. The “brown field” site at Baker’s Hill could and possibly should be used to fulfill all the needs of the plan and if both sides of the road were developed for housing this would fulfill the needs of the next plans well into the future. The old chicken sheds on the west side of the road are apparently going to be turned into industrial units, why? There are units available for rent in Liskeard and on the old water works on St Cleer downs. Why build more to stand empty for years?

    I live on Gwelmeneth Park and 2 or 3 years ago and illegal entrance was driven into the field from the Park, this was done on Good Friday over the Easter weekend, when nobody would be available to challenge such actions. (A similar modus operandi to the desecration of the trees in Tremar Lane last year.) By allowing building in the area adjacent to Gwelmeneth Park would this not be rewarding an illegal action? But, if houses are to built here, could it be in keeping with the style an proportions of the existing Gwelmeneth plot and not more than 10 dwellings.

    I agree with the two posting above, about the concerns they have for the increase in traffic along Tremar Lane and around into Well Lane.

    I think that the area near Hocking house could sustain some development especially if this is in conjunction with road widening and a pavement. The area if developed is also on the bus route and a pavement would make pedestrian access to the sports pitches and existing houses safer.

    Finally, the planned infill of a few houses around railway terrace at Darite is a good idea

  3. I was at the public meeting on the 29th November, prompted by the St, Cleer Neighborhood plan report and consultation November 2013 which was delivered two days before. The meeting was well attended no doubt also as a reaction to the first draft of the plan landing on the doorstep !
    I have been involved in many community right to bid projects and neighborhood plan consultations and as such felt concerned that the draft plan appeared rushed and lacking in consideration for what we the local people want to see in our neighborhood. The document appeared to only express opinion of the steering group with out any community lead evidence.

    From my experience this should be a time when local people can look at how the community can be enhanced, to look at all aspects of parish life to ensure that what is good is retained and enhanced and what we would like to change for the better where possible not just proposed housing developemnts. The document comments on the draft Cornwall local plan and proposed numbers of houses for the next planning period up until 2030. The plan is still being considered and any numbers of houses still not qualified so any reference to proposals should only be taken as an estimate. The new plan is unlikely to be adopted until 2015. Until the Local plan is adopted the neighborhood plan will carry very little weight in determining new housing for the Parish

    We are a long way off in my opinion from being able to submit a draft neighborhood plan, possibly up to two years away to have a well thought out meaningful document that will stand up to scrutiny.

  4. I disappointed to find that the Consultation Document was distributed on the basis of one copy per property rather than one copy per resident or one copy per person on the Electoral Roll. Certainly in our home we would look at these issues from different viewpoints and might well reach different conclusions.
    I also found the Document quite confusing as the criteria used to consider each site was not consistent. In discussing Site 1 the problems of access via Tremar Lane and Well Lane are discussed but it is suggested that an access road be built from Gwelmeneth Park rather than from the the road where The Stag and the Garage are situated. This will merely add to the existing problems with Tremar Lane and Well Lane. Yet this site is recommended for development. However in discussing Site 5 which has similar access problems the site is not recommended.
    The actual Survey part of the document does not ask the responder to indicate their postcode only the particular village they live in. I would suggest that there is a significant difference between someone living in the far west of St Cleer to the far east of the village and that analysis without this information will be flawed.
    In addition there was a serious ambiguity surrounding the request to indicate agreement or disagreement with regards to each site. It was unclear whether the responder should agree or disagree with the Steering Committee’s recommendations or with the proposed development of each site. This was clarified at the Public Meeting but a significant number of people would have responded before this or were not present.
    No consideration is given in the document to the pressure on schools, bus services, utilities and other services. It seems that we are asked to express an opinion based only on traffic pressures and nimbyism, not an ideal way to deal with such an important matter.
    Finally I find it very disturbing that the members of the Steering Committee did not see fit to put their names to this document and neither did they form a panel at the Public Meeting . It is also unclear as to how they relate to the Parish Council if at all.
    I was present at the public meeting and noted that both the Parish Councillor (sorry I don’t know his name) and Peter Locksley the candidate for Parish Councillor were of the opinion that the Consultation Document and the Procedure being followed were fatally flawed. I think that this should be addressed by the Steering Committee.

  5. Housing Need Figures are based on the number of people registered on Homechoice which in July were
    106 households were registered who had a local connetcion to St Cleer (have been here for 3 years or have lived here for at least 5 years in the past)
    28 of those have stated a first preference to live in St Cleer (it may however be a second or third choice for the rest and they are able to apply if there are vacant properties).
    The developments should all contain an element of affordable housing, the Cornwall Local Plan states 40% should be affordable. the Affordable should be split as 30:70 affordable sale and affordable rent. The remaining 60% would be open market sale.

  6. At the public meeting on Thursday 28th November Derris Watson put heavy emphasis on the need for affordable housing and gave virtually no reference to houses for sale on the open market. We appreciate that local people should be accommodated before those from outside the area, but affordable housing is not appropriate for all the recommended sites. For instance, the land behind the Stag, approached via Gwelmeneth Park, may well, in theory, be suitable for 10 houses of a similar style to those in Gwelmeneth Park but the proposed alternative, 25 affordable homes, would not be in keeping with the open aspect of the estate, and would add considerably to the traffic congestion on Tremar lane and the Well Lane junction. Tremar Lane narrows at Tom Nicolls Close and there is only room for one vehicle on the section from that point to the Well Lane Junction. Vehicles invariably have to give way, often more than once, and using the unofficial car park behind the Market Inn. There is also a blind turn onto Well Lane, slowing traffic even more.
    We would also like to know how the figures for the amount of people requesting affordable housing in St Cleer were estimated, as discussion from the floor suggested that the figure was much lower than the approx.30 given – nearer 5 after taking into account those who want to leave St Cleer.
    The 120 new homes need to be built over the next 20 years –yes, we need a Neighbourhood Plan but let’s not go pell mell at this without a lot more serious thought and discussion. St Cleer is a pretty moorland village, and “improvements” to widen and straighten the lanes to accommodate extra traffic would destroy the character of the area, and erode the quality of life we enjoy here.

  7. We was at the meeting at Memorial Hall St Cleer and am very disappointed in the fact that the field behind The Stag pub was one of the places deemed right for building on. Our Bungalow is next to the illegal gate that was put at the top of Gwelmeneth Park We have only a short drive to our garage so any visitors we have park in the road in front of the gate if they parked in front of our bungalow it would cause problems for other motorist turning down to the rest of the bungalows. The thought of houses being built on this piece of land fills us with horror we purchased the bungalow because of the lovely views and the fact we are not I the middle of a housing estate we moved from Essex 4 years ago to escape all the buildings and noise. We both love the lanes and beautiful scenery its a bit of a hassel going up Tremar Lane but if we wanted wide roads and lots of housing we wouldn’t have moved. We would like some one to come and visit us and see how inconvenienced we would be if this project goes ahead

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