Fowey residents urged to have their say over neighbourhood plan
RESIDENTS in Fowey are being given the chance to have their say over future developments in the town and surrounding areas.
The town council is urging members of the community to help formulate a neighbourhood plan, which, once finalised, will be taken into account when planning decisions are made.
Cornwall councillor for Fowey and Tywardreath and Fowey town councillor David Hughes said he would urge anyone who would like to get involved with the plan to get in touch.
"As far as I am concerned the most important reason we should be encouraging neighbourhood plans is that it gives the local community a say in how development takes place in their area," he said.
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"We can't change the target numbers that we have got to meet over the next 16 years. But we can have a considerable influence over where those houses are built, what sort of houses are built and who should occupy them.
"For the people in our neighbourhood planning area that is something that most people consider very important."
Mr Hughes said the response from members of the community had been very positive but he was keen to get more people involved.
Mr Hughes said town councillors from Lostwithiel had expressed an interest in working with the Fowey neighbourhood plan team to devise the document.
"It hasn't been formally agreed by Lostwithiel Town Council.
"But certainly several members have expressed interest in joining our neighbourhood plan which makes a lot of sense because it would cover the whole of Fowey, Lostwithiel and the surrounding area."
Mr Hughes said the plan was being driven by the town council but he hoped members of the public would step forward to help put it together.
"The town council is prepared to provide the start-up lead in terms of getting people together.
"As far as running it is concerned it is more or less in the hands of the community as a whole."
Once finalised the plan will be submitted to Cornwall Council to ensure it complies with the local llan, said Mr Hughes.
"If it meets that criteria it will then go to the Department of Local Government to ensure it complies with national policy guidelines. If they give it the nod it goes to a public referendum to all the parishes involved," he said.
Anyone interested in getting involved with the neighbourhood plan group is asked to contact Fowey town councillor Katherine Alexander by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org