Notice of Election

The following is taken from the official notice

The original document may be viewed here

Dated 20 March, 2017

Cornwall Council, St Austell, Cornwall

Printed & published by Kate Kennally, Returning Officer, Cornwall Council, St Austell One Stop Shop, 39 Penwinnick Road, St Austell. PL25 5DR

Notice of Election
Election of Town and Parish Councillors

Notice is hereby given that
1. Elections are to be held of Town and Parish Councillors for each of the under-mentioned Town and Parish Councils. If the elections are contested the poll will take place on Thursday 4 May, 2017.

2. I have appointed Sharon Holland, Denise Holwill, Claire Jenkin, Ruth Naylor, Sharon Richards, John Simmons, Geoffrey Waxman and Alison Webb whose offices are Room 11, Cornwall Council, St Austell One Stop Shop, 39 Penwinnick Road, St Austell, PL25 5DR to be my Deputies and are specifically responsible for the following Towns and Parishes:

Mawgan-in-Meneage                             10 seats

3. Nomination papers for all of the Parishes must be delivered in person/by hand as follows:

• between the hours of 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 6pm, to Cornwall Council, Council Suite, St Austell One Stop Shop, 39 Penwinnick Road, St Austell, PL25 5DR on 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 30, 31 March and 3 April and between the hours of 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm on Tuesday 4 April, 2017 and

• St Ives Constituency – to Cornwall Council, St Johns Hall, Penzance, TR18 2QR on 24 March (Interview Room 2) and 29 March (Interview Room 1) between the hours of 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 6pm and Saturday 25 March (Interview Room 2) between the hours of 9am – 1pm

4. Forms of nomination papers may be obtained at the offices of the Deputy Returning Officers who will, at the request of any local government elector for the relevant electoral area, prepare a nomination paper for signature.

5. New applications to vote by post and changes to and cancellation of existing postal votes and proxy applications must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by not later than 5pm on Tuesday 18 April, 2017.

6. New proxy vote applications must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by not later than 5pm on Tuesday 25 April, 2017.

7. New applications to vote by proxy on grounds of medical emergency must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by not later than 5pm on Thursday 4 May, 2017.

All applications and notices regarding absent voting must reach the Electoral Registration Officer, Room 11, Cornwall Council, St Austell One-Stop-Shop, Penwinnick Road, St Austell PL25 5DR.

Kate Kennally Returning Officer

Neighbourhood Plan

The Councillors of Mawgan Parish Council are considering whether to produce a Neighbourhood Plan and request feedback and input from their parishioners on the matter.

Neighbourhood Plans were brought into law by the Localism Act (passed in April 2012)1 and they give parishes the ability to shape the future of housing development in their area. These plans differ from the Parish Plans produced a decade ago as, when they are approved, they become part of local planning law and must be considered when applications go through the planning process. Neighbourhood Plans are “permissive”2, so they can’t be used to stop planning per se, however they can specify where development is wanted, what new properties should look like, what services they should have access to, and even if the dwellings should be the primary residencies of the home owners3.

As of March 2014, 67 out of 213 Cornish parishes were considering or had started producing a Neighbourhood Plan, however they are not to be undertaken lightly. Cost estimates vary wildly4: ranging from £3k to £20k for a parish of our size, and they could take up to two years to produce depending on the scope and ambition of the project. Although grants are available5 community driven fundraising or other money raising initiatives would probably be considered if the parish decided to produce a Plan.

The process of drafting and approving a Neighbourhood Plan requires a lot of community involvement. Drafting a plan can involve surveys, questionnaires, meetings, community forums, all of which produce data that needs to be collated and shaped into a document. Before a draft plan can be accepted into law it must be reviewed by an independent examiner and then approved in a local referendum of parishioners6. To this end, if the draft plan does not represent the views and wishes of a majority of parishioners it will be rejected.

Mawgan Parish Council recognises the potential cost and effort that is required to produce a Neighbourhood Plan, but also sees then potential benefits one could bring. As the process is heavily community driven we need your ideas and support if we are to proceed. Please forward your thoughts to the Parish Clerk, Grace Hatton Lsc.mullion@btinternet.com.

References and further reading

1)            https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/5959/1896534.pdf

2)            http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/media/3623378/Localism-Act-Neighbourhood-plans-bite-size-guide.pdf

http://www.pas.gov.uk/five-actions-for-neighbourhood-planning

3)            http://www.lynplan.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/286015/Draft-Lyn-Plan-final.pdf

4)            http://goo.gl/0rglJO

5)            http://mycommunityrights.org.uk/neighbourhood-planning/

6)            http://www.planninghelp.org.uk/improve-where-you-live/shape-your-local-area/neighbourhood-plans/step-8-referendum-and-adoption