St Ives Neighbourhood Plan is a comprehensive document that sets out the vision of community leaders regarding the development they want to see to support the economy of the area, ensure people have access to the housing they need and to preserve the natural environment.
On Thursday 83% of residents who voted supported the plan.
For years the communities of Lelant, Carbis Bay and St Ives have felt that planning and development has been 'done to them' with no consideration given to the concerns and aspirations of the community. Family homes are regularly bulldozed and replaced with plush apartments that are snapped up by people for occasional visits and employers find there is a desperate shortage of staff due to expensive housing within the town and very poor road infrastructure and limited affordable parking. This is particularly the case within the care and the retail sector.
I am in complete support of those who felt so strongly about this that they supported this plan with vigour and, whilst I recognise that one aspect of the plan (to restrict sale of new build homes for permanent residents) may be subject to legal challenge and contrary to Government policy, I believe we must work with the community to enable them to create the jobs they want, the housing they need and the transport infrastructure they deserve.
That is my firm commitment and the message I have taken to Government.
Statement from Cornwall Council
"The Council has received notice that RLT Built Environment Limited is seeking permission to judicially review the Council decision to support the publication of the St Ives Neighbourhood Plan and put it to a referendum in St Ives. Following the positive result of the referendum we will be carefully considering the grounds on which the claim for the judicial review has been made and seeking further legal advice if required. We are confident that the correct process has been followed in this case and will be fully defending this claim.”