Neighbourhood Plan Process

Step 1: Designating the Neighbourhood Area


Penryn Town Council, as the qualifying body, submitted an application to Cornwall Council to define the boundary of the Neighbourhood Plan Area on 5 October 2016. The application was approved and a decision notice issued on 12 October 2016.

Step 2: Preparing a draft Neighbourhood Plan


Penryn Town Council (through the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group) develops proposals (advised or assisted by the local planning authority) to:

  • gather baseline information and evidence
  • engage and consult those living and working in the Neighbourhood Area and those with an interest in or affected by the proposals (e.g. service providers)
  • talk to land owners and the development industry
  • identify and assess options
  • determine whether a plan or is likely to have significant environmental effect
  • start to prepare proposals documents e.g. basic conditions statement

Step 3: Pre-submission, publicity and consultation


Penryn Town Council:

  • publicises the draft Plan and invites representations
  • consults the consultation bodies as appropriate
  • sends a copy of the draft Plan to Cornwall Council
  • where European Obligations apply, complies with relevant publicity and consultation requirements
  • considers consultation responses and amends Plan if appropriate
  • prepares consultation statement and other proposal documents

Step 4: Submission of a Neighbourhood Plan to Cornwall Council


Penryn Town Council submits the Plan proposal to Cornwall Council.  Cornwall Council checks that submitted proposal complies with all relevant legislation.  If Cornwall Council finds that the Plan meets the legal requirements it:

  • publicises the proposal for minimum six weeks and invites representations
  • notifies consultation bodies referred to in the consultation statement
  • appoints an independent examiner (with the agreement of Penryn Town Council)

Step 5: Independent examination


  • Cornwall Council sends Plan proposal and representation to the independent examiner
  • independent examiner undertakes examination
  • independent examiner issues a report to Cornwall Council and Penryn Town Council
  • Cornwall Council publishes report
  • Cornwall Council considers report and reaches own view
  • Cornwall Council takes the decision on whether to send the Plan to referendum

Step 6: Referendum


  • Cornwall Council publishes information statement
  • Cornwall Council publishes notice of referendum/s
  • polling takes place
  • results declared

Step 7: Bringing the Neighbourhood Plan into force


  • Subject to results of the referendum Cornwall Council considers Plan in relation to EU obligations and Convention rights.
  • If the Plan is compatible with EU obligations and does not breach Convention rights Cornwall Council makes the Plan.