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Fowey looks set to block second homes

Fowey looks set to block second homes

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 1:55pm 18th February 2020. (Updated at 3:40pm 18th February 2020)

Written by Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

Fowey looks set to become the latest town to introduce a ban on new homes being built as second homes.

The town is set to vote next week on the proposed neighbourhood development plan which has been been drawn up for the Fowey parish which also includes Polkerris.

Residents are being encouraged to use their vote on February 27th to support the plan which could shape future development in the area.

To create the plan a steering group was set up by Fowey Town Council to consult with residents in Fowey parish on what should be included in the document.

One of the most popular issues raised by residents was an option to limit the number of second homes in the area.

Nearly 80 per cent of people were in favour of restricting the number of second homes with estimates of around 26 per cent of homes in the parish being second homes.

Fowey

As a result the neighbourhood development plan includes policy five which requires that any new open-market homes have to be for permanent residents as their principal residence and owners will have to provide proof of this.

Fowey is following in the footsteps of other areas in Cornwall – including St Ives and Mevagissey – which have included similar policies in their neighbourhood development plans.

The consultation process included a questionnaire produced in 2015 and delivered to every household.

There have also been 13 public consultation events which collected views on issues including which green spaces should be protected and what kind of new housing and other development could be allowed and where.

Other policies in the plan cover topics including parking, transport, business development, flooding, sustainability and marine heritage.

The final stage in getting the plan adopted and in place so it can be used to influence future planning applications is the referendum of all local residents.

Fowey

Polling cards have already been issued to all who are on the electoral register and polling stations will be open at Fowey Parish Church and Squires Field Community Centre from 7am to 10pm on February 27.

If more than 51 per cent of voters are in favour of the plan then it will be adopted by Cornwall Council.

"Fowey Parish Neighbourhood Plan is the culmination of five years’ research, working with local people to first create a vison for the area, and then translate that into policies created to carry that vision forward.

“We could not fulfil every item on everyone’s wish-list as our scope was confined within the limitations of planning law. But we feel we have maximised the benefits that can be achieved by a neighbourhood plan, and I cannot over-emphasise how important it is for the vote to go in its favour.

"So I do urge people in Fowey and Polkerris: please do turn out to cast your vote on February 27.”

Fowey Mayor, Ruth Finlay

The full plan can be viewed at www.foweysfuture.co.uk and hard copies can be found at Squires Field Community Centre and the doctors’ surgery in Rawlings Lane.

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