Transition Falmouth and Neighbourhood Development Plans

Ever since the early days of Transition in the UK back in 2006 when Transition Network was formed civic involvement in sustainability issues and engagement with local planning has been a cornerstone of the movement. Falmouth was one of the first Transition groups to form back in October that year.

An early focus for Transition groups was on “Energy Descent Action Plans”, the most comprehensive example being that produced in Totnes – see this link.

More recently, Transition Network has highlighted the importance of engaging with Neighbourhood Development Plans (NDPs) – see this guide produced in 2014.

See this page on Cornwall Council’s website for comprehensive information on NDPs, and this map for Parishes in Cornwall producing NDPs as of February 2018.

It has been suggested that our Transition Falmouth Sustainability Briefing for NDPs, recently produced by our Core Group, be flagged up to all local NDP Groups in a bid to encourage the embedding of “sustainability” in their developing Plans.

This would include the seven Parishes in the Fal/Penryn Community Network Area which are currently engaged in producing NDPs – see following links for Budock, Falmouth, Mawnan, Mylor, Penryn, Perranarworthal and St.Gluvias. Constantine and Mabe Parishes have yet to start the process as of March 2018.

Views of residents are sought regularly through questionnaires and surveys – and often exhibitions are held in towns and parishes where anyone can make their views heard and make suggestions on content. Several TF members are already participating.

Falmouth are now close to submission stage, but there should be an eleventh hour opportunity to comment before the final document goes off to Cornwall Council in mid April, and then on for
Assessment by an Independent examiner – see http://planforfalmouth.info – please engage if you can!

We have come across an example of good practice in Feock Parish where their Neighbourhood
Development Plan, having passed through a vigorous examination process, went out to referendum on 8th March and was supported by 87% of those who voted (32.69% turn-out).

This Plan contains 11 key objectives with a “sustainability” section at the foot of each section. Objective 11 is a specific section on “Sustainability and Climate Change” and contains the key
sentence “this Plan supports the transition to a low carbon future”!

Here is the link to the Feock Plan: http://www.feockparishcouncil.co.uk/neighbourhood-plan

For the TF Sustainability Briefing see here (PDF).

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