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'Urgent' need for plan to safeguard future of Porthleven
11:48am Wednesday 14th August 2013 in News
Porthleven must begin putting together a town plan “urgently” to “safeguard the character and future prosperity” of the port.
This was the cry from resident Paula Johns, who is also chairman of the Friends of Porthleven group.
She told the town council last Thursday: “Without the plan the village is developer led rather than plan led. When it comes to developments the community needs to be consulted on which areas can be developed and which can't. Red lines should be drawn around - the developers need to know this.”
Mrs Johns said a plan, “should really have been in place” by April this year, as recommended by the government.
She said there was a dedicated planning officer at Cornwall Council that worked with town and parish councils to put a plan in place, adding: “I'm sure there are people in the village also that would be willing to help out with that production.”
Describing it as “desperately needed”, she urged the council to begin the process of creating one, saying: “For three years councils around the county have been putting this in place to safeguard their community; we are not safeguarded.”
Mrs Johns had the support of former councillor Vince Curnow and another member of the public who joined her.
He warned that before long Porthleven would “be another big town without anyone having a say in it.” Adding: “We should be the ones saying what we can develop and what we can't.”
The councillors at the meeting agreed with the trio over the need for the plan, with new councillor Brian Michael saying he would certainly support investigating the matter further, adding: “I'm a bit surprised we haven't gone one.”
Clerk Corrie Thompson said Porthleven had a similar document in place that ran out this year, but the criteria had now changed.
Councillor Andrew Wallis, who is also the port's representative on Cornwall Council, was looking into funding from the county to put one together, she added.
Councillor Barbara Powell told the members of the public: “I hear what you say and I understand why you said it, in view of what has happened recently. I think it's a way forward.”
It was agreed that the council receive an update from Mr Wallis at a future meeting and take it from there.
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