Two Cornish neighbourhood plans secure 'yes' votes

Two Cornish neighbourhood plans, including one that seeks to ensure that new homes do not add to numbers of second homes and holiday lets in the area, have secured the backing of local residents in referendums held last week.

St Mawes: within Roseland neighbourhood plan area (picture by Tim Green)
St Mawes: within Roseland neighbourhood plan area (picture by Tim Green)

Last week, residents of the Roseland peninsula in Cornwall supported a neighbourhood plan in a local referendum, with a 74.9 per cent vote in favour on a 40.8 per cent turnout.

The plan, backed by examiner Clare Wright in May, pledges to provide housing "while actively protecting the landscape". It says that housing development should be "of an appropriate scale that represents our sensitive landscape, i.e. development restricted to an indicative maximum size of five units in any one location", and priority given to brownfield sites and redeveloping existing buildings.

The plan contains a policy intended to encourage "full time principal residence of homes".

"There is very clear support from the community for actions that would help to ensure that any open market housing constructed during the plan period will not add to the current numbers of holiday lets and second homes," the document says.

"The plan will support measures to ensure that new housing stock created on the Roseland is suitable for full time occupation and meets the needs of Roseland residents," it adds.

Last year, planning minister Brandon Lewis slammed a draft policy in an emerging neighbourhood plan for St Ives, Cornwall, as "totally inappropriate" for trying to ban the building of second homes.

Residents of the village of Quethiock, to the east of Liskeard, also backed a neighbourhood plan in a vote last week, with 88.4 per cent voting in favour on a 33.6 per cent turnout.

The plan proposes that small-scale housing development should be delivered through "infill development of one or two dwellings in the village, hamlets and small settlements", affordable housing-led exception schemes, the conversion of suitable disused buildings, and housing for a rural worker "where there is an essential need for a rural worker to live permanently at or near their place of work in the countryside".


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