A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future development and growth of an area.

It may contain a vision, aims, and planning policies, that relate to the use and development of land and associated social, economic and environmental issues. It may deal with a wide range of issues (like housing, employment, heritage and transport) so long as they can be influenced by statutory planning processes.


Carn Brea Parish Council is the ‘qualifying body’ in planning law with the power to prepare the Neighbourhood Plan for the area. The Plan is being written in partnership with the local community through the Carn Brea NDP Steering Group which is made up of a committed group of Parish Councillors and local residents who are keen to ensure that local views and considerations are taken into account when it comes to future development within the Parish.

The Neighbourhood Plan will be subject to an independent examination and referendum and then form part of the Local Development Plan. Once our Plan has been made, and approved, it will become an integral part of the planning system and be a ‘material consideration’ for planning applications, alongside national and Cornwall Local Plan policies.

A Neighbourhood Plan for our parish would allow residents to develop planning policies that reflect our own priorities and help to deliver the kind of community that we would like to see in the future.

Once in place, the policies in the Neighbourhood Plan will be used to help Planning Officers determine whether future planning applications are approved or refused.
It will mean that local views MUST be taken into account when planning decisions are made.

The Neighbourhood Plan will also help the local community to set out any projects that we would like to see happen over the coming years.

This video explains more about Neighbourhood Development Plans – it was created by Locality, which funds and supports communities to deliver their Neighbourhood Plans.