Chacewater Neighbourhood Plan

Notice of Referendum – Chacewater

Chacewater Neighbourhood Development Plan



After 18 months of hard graft by a very committed, supportive and informed team of volunteers from across the community, the Final Draft of the Chacewater Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) was forwarded to Cornwall Council’s Local Planning Authority (LPA) on Friday the 16th November 2018. The latest in a long series of milestones that included a wide range of questionnaires, public consultation/engagement events and communication with many outside agencies and organisations, the feedback has been extensive but welcome and has gone a long way to informing this Final Draft.     

The last few months of 2018 were particularly intense for your NDP Strategy Team. Having submitted an initial Draft of your Plan in mid-July, in early August we received confirmation from Cornwall Council that the initial Draft NDP did not require a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) or Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA), which was good. This notification was used as a spring board towards Pre-submission Consultation, which ran from 15th September to 27th October. Going in to this period with 34 Objective policies, we emerged with 58 (the most significant being the inclusion of a completely new Objective area covering ‘The Environment – Renewable & Low Carbon Energy’), which we believe reflected the extent to which we engaged. The feedback received, together with responses given and actions taken, can be found (along with details of questionnaires, monthly meetings, etc.) through this portal.  

Cornwall Council have since completed their own statutory Public Consultation period (which ran from late December 2018 to the 7th February 2019) and forwarded all of our NDP documentation and various consultation responses to Deborah McCann – our nominated Examiner – in early 2019. The Examiner’s Report (received in April) recommended several relatively minor changes to our policies, to ensure we had complied with the Basic Conditions associated with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). We did identify 4 key concerns here though, related to: 

·       Buildings and Structures within our Historic Environment.

·       Community led Renewable Energy and Wind Turbine development.

·       Size and Scale of housing development, which we wanted to put a limit on. 

The NDP Strategy Team has therefore been working with Deborah and representatives of Cornwall Council’s Neighbourhood Planning Team (specifically Sarah Furley and Emma Ball) to agree the final wording on each of these key policy areas and believe we have achieved a successful solution to each and every question raised.   

The upshot of any changes to policy in a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) means that the Final Draft is subject to a further round of 6-week Public Consultation before any Referendum can take place. A perfectly acceptable time delay given the importance of what we are trying to achieve here – and let’s not forget that we are one of the lead communities for Renewable Energy in particular – we now hope to go for a Referendum on our NDP in late July/early August. So, more to follow as they say!

 The Final Draft of the Chacewater Parish NDP and other documents posted on this website are hopefully structured in such a way to enable the reader to grasp why the Plan was needed in the first place. It also gives an insight on the key factors required to protect our Parish from any unwanted development. Feel free to scrutinise our work and make contact with any one of following members of the NDP Strategy Team, we would be pleased to hear from you: 

Mr Robin Knill: 01872 561364, 07816 773218 or

Mr Tony Roode:

Mrs Terie Chesworth:

Mr Steve Leech:

Finally, an enormous thank you to all involved in bringing your NDP to this point. Your efforts have been huge and reflect the views of a most committed parish community, who simply want the very best for this unique heritage area. Importantly, we believe we have gone some way to preparing the ground for the future generations who will follow in our footsteps! 

Many thanks!  

Robin Knill

Chacewater Parish NDP Lead

(Contact details as above)


Chacewater Parish NDP Final Draft

Public Consultation Final Comments table

Chacewater Parish NDP Basic Conditions Statement

Chacewater Parish NDP Consultation-Statement

Please click for each document.

Chacewater Wind Feasibility Assessment

Chacewater MDP CDL summarised – Powerpoint

Housing Needs Analysis

Chacewater Parish Local Landscape Character Assessment

LLCA Field Assessment and Pressures-Forces for Change Tables

Youth Engagement Report

Chacewater NDP Team TOR

Chacewater Oct 18 NDP Questionnaire

Chacewater NDP October 17 Survey Q Analysis

Business Questionnaire Analysis Report

Chacewater Parish Draft Local List

Chacewater Designation Decision Notice

Screening Opinion Decision Chacewater

2nd Steering Group Meeting 1 Apr 17

3rd Steering Group Meeting 8 May 17

4th Steering Group Meeting 5 Jun 17

5th Steering Group Meeting 3 Jul 17

6th Steering Group Meeting 4 Sept 17

7th Steering Group Meeting 6 Oct 17

8th Steering Group Meeting 11 Nov 17

9th Steering Group Meeting 24th Jan 18

10th Steering Group Meeting 19th Feb 18

11th Steering Grp Meeting 13th March 18

12th Steering Group Meeting 4th Apr 18

13th Steering Group Meeting 8th May 18

14th Steering Group Meeting 11th June 18

15th Steering Group Meeting 2nd July 18

16th Steering Group Meeting 6th August 18

17th Steering Group Meeting 3rd September 18

18th Steering Group Meeting 28th September 18

19th Steering Group Meeting 1st November 18

21st Steering Group Meeting 8th January 19

22nd Steering Group Meeting 4th February 19