Neighbourhood Plan Introduction


Lanner Neighbourhood Plan 2016 – 2033

What is a Neighbourhood Plan and Why is it Important?

A Neighbourhood Plan is an opportunity for local people to create a framework for delivering a sustainable future for the benefit of all who live, work or visit our area.

The right for communities to prepare Neighbourhood Plans was established through the Localism Act 2011 and the rules governing their preparation were published in 2012. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) states that a Neighbourhood Plan gives the community “direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and deliver the sustainable development they need”. It enables us to ensure we get the right types of development in the right locations, delivered at the right time; and to set planning policies that will be used in determining decisions on planning applications across the Parish.

A Neighbourhood Plan, once given statutory force, becomes part of the Development Plan for the area and this statutory status gives Neighbourhood Plans far more weight than other local documents such as parish plans or village design statements. However, a Plan must also comply with European and National legislation and be in general conformity with existing strategic planning policy. While every effort will be made to make the main body of this Plan easy to read and understand, the wording of the actual policies is necessarily more formal so that they comply with these statutory requirements.

Robust evidence is the foundation on which a Neighbourhood Plan has to be based. This includes evidence of community engagement and consultation and how the views, aspirations, wants and needs of local people have been taken into account alongside stakeholder comment and statistical information to justify the policies contained within the Plan.

This is the Neighbourhood Plan for the whole of the Parish not just Lanner village and it is hoped that you will join in its undertaking and delivery.

Why We Need a Neighbourhood Plan in Lanner

The Parish Council is very keen that local opinion should influence planning matters within Lanner and that decisions taken will serve the best interests of the community in the years to come.

There is recognition that sustainable development is not only necessary but desirable, as without it our villages and economies will stagnate, but we want to influence and direct the shape and nature of the development and where, within our Neighbourhood Plan area, it takes place.

A Neighbourhood Plan cannot be used to prevent development and we have been very clear from the outset that we will work within the broad housing requirements specified by Cornwall Council. But the messages coming out of Cornwall Council can be interpreted in several ways however. For example, the Allocations DPD (the “teeth” of the Cornwall Local Plan) says that normal infill (about 10 a year) is all we need whereas the Affordable Homes Officer says there are 144 households with a local connection needing an affordable home. Alternatively, you could look at Cornwall’s “Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment” which suggests maybe 229. Having a Neighbourhood Plan gives us the opportunity to identify the best ways to deliver the right amount of development and at the right time, directing it towards the areas that the local community needs and wants, while protecting our natural environment and community assets and ensuring a more sustainable future for ourselves and future generations.

There are, of course, many other issues that are of importance to the residents of Lanner and these will also be tackled through the Neighbourhood Plan. The protection of important environmental spaces; safeguarding important buildings; addressing concerns over traffic and transport issues; shaping economic development in the Parish and safeguarding important community facilities will all be referenced and addressed within this document.

How to Get Involved

First of all, we need people to help in research and creativity to provide attractively presented themes to stimulate discussion, comment and ideas in our consultation events. Although the Plan is led by the parish council we want the majority of people steering the process not to be on council. Also, involvement shouldn’t be a ball and chain: if you are, say, only interested in housing or just wish to offer IT skills then you don’t have to get immersed in other issues. If this appeals, please make contact with the parish council’s clerk.

As part of our research for the Plan we will be carrying out a Landscape Character Assessment. You would be most welcome to join this outdoor work and free training is provided.

You will be able to contribute your views in many ways.

On this website you will find various “discussion documents” to which you can add your views, or you can start discussions on topics of your choosing.

There will be a “drop-in” consultation event on 21 January at the Village Hall running from 10 in the morning to 6 in the evening the results of which will produce a series of questions to be distributed to all households and business in the parish.

We are also consulting a whole host of bodies from Ramblers to adjoining parishes as well as major land owners and other potentially interested parties. We also want to make sure that all parts of the community, including any minorities or groups that are simply shy in coming forward, have the opportunity to have their say.

When all views are in, we will have another consultation day to present what we’ve found out. A final draft Plan will then go to Cornwall Council who will present it to an independent Examiner. If the Plan is found to be sound it will then come back for a local public referendum. As long as this gets over half the votes cast, the Plan is “made” and has to be taken into account with all planning applications.