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New development should provide a sustainable approach to accommodating growth, providing a well balanced mix of economic, social and environmental benefits. This should maintain the dispersed development pattern of Cornwall and provide homes and jobs based on the role and function of each place. Strategic scale growth will be accommodated in our main towns and city where they can best support regeneration and sustainable development. Overall, development should seek to meet the following objectives of the Plan for Cornwall:

1. Respecting and enhancing quality of place:

Proposals should maintain and respect the special character of Cornwall, recognising that all urban and rural landscapes, designated and undesignated, are important by:

a. Ensuring that the design of development is high quality and demonstrates a cultural, physical and aesthetic understanding of its location;

b. Considering the impact of development upon the biodiversity, beauty and diversity of landscape and seascape, character and setting of settlements, wealth of natural resources, agricultural, historic and recreational value of Cornwall;

c. Identifying the value and sensitivity, of the character and importance of landscapes, biodiversity and geodiversity and historic assets;

d. Protecting, conserving and enhancing the natural and historic landscape, heritage, cultural, biodiversity and geodiversity assets of Cornwall in recognition of their international, national and local status, in accordance with national legislation and policy, as amplified by the other policies of this plan.


2. Providing solutions to current and future issues:

Proposals should assist the creation of resilient and cohesive communities by:

a. Delivering renewable and low carbon energies, increasing energy efficiency and minimising resource consumption through a range of renewable and low carbon technologies;

b. Ensuring that built and environmental assets can adapt to and be resilient to climate change;

c. Creating landscapes and biodiversity and geodiversity assets that are resilient and sensitively accommodating investment and growth within Cornwall’s unique landscape and wealth of biodiversity and geodiversity, ensuring that people continue to be drawn to Cornwall to visit and invest and for a thriving healthy population to live and work;

d. Supporting the delivery of made Neighbourhood Plans and other community based initiatives that help to make communities more resilient.

3. Generating and sustaining economic activity:

Proposals will be welcome that improve conditions for business and investment in Cornwall, in particular by:

a. Supporting key regeneration activities and the economic vision for Cornwall;

b. Providing homes and jobs in a proportional manner, where they can best sustain the role and function of local communities and that of their catchment;

c. Supporting the expansion of existing businesses and the indigenous businesses of agriculture, fishing and mining;

d. Safeguarding waterfront sites, docks and ports to provide for marine businesses;

e. Maximising the economic growth and benefits of education, skills development, research, and the colleges and Combined Universities in Cornwall;

f. Supporting employment schemes in both towns and rural areas, giving particular emphasis to quality, permanent, work opportunities that break seasonal labour cycles;

g. Supporting smart specialisation sectors including; food; aerospace; marine; renewable energies (including geothermal); and cultural industries;

h. Supporting the provision of work hubs and the ability to work from home through live/ work units;

i. Supporting the Enterprise Zone Aerohub at Newquay Airport as an economic catalyst for the wider Newquay, Clay Country and St Austell area through improved linkages; j. Supporting the economic regeneration of Camborne, Pool and Redruth;

k. The regeneration of Hayle, focussing mainly on the harbour area and the development of the Wave Hub and associated employment development;

l. Optimising the economic opportunity and maximising existing linkages in midCornwall by:

i. supporting the role of Bodmin as a strategic employment location taking advantage of its position on the transport network;

ii. identifying mixed use development to deliver the eco-community at West Carclaze / Baal and Par Docks, to help deliver an exemplar development that provides a showcase for sustainable, greener, low carbon living;

iii. supporting the economic regeneration of St Austell as a centre for retail, business and leisure with a focus on promoting ‘green’ industries;

m. Supporting economic development in South East Cornwall that meets the area’s own needs and benefits from its relationship with Plymouth;

n. Supporting Truro’s wider role as an economic and service centre and maintaining its role in the retail hierarchy and as a retail alternative to major centres outside of Cornwall;

o. Strengthening the role of Launceston and Saltash as gateways to Cornwall;

p. Supporting the economic regeneration of Penzance, including the improvement of Penzance Harbour, and retention of a main line rail link to Penzance as a strategic link for Cornwall and the UK.

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