The Plan Process

The procedure for producing Neighbourhood Plans are summarised below:


The Parish Council initiated the Neighbourhood Plan, suggesting the ideas and subjects that it might cover. Cornwall Council agreed and formally ‘designated’ the Parish for a Neighbourhood Plan. A Steering Group made up of local residents and Parish Councillors was set up.


The content that can be in a Neighbourhood Plan must be on issues relating to development in the local area, and be ‘in conformity’ with the National Planning Policy Framework and Cornwall Local Plan.

The Steering Group that organised and drew up the Menheniot Neighbourhood Plan was drawn from the community and are well versed in local issues. A ‘scoping survey’ was then carried out to find out what the community thought should be the included in the Plan.


The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group carried out extensive consultations with the community and the wider area, as its essential that the Neighbourhood Plan reflects how residents believe the future of their area should be shaped. The Neighbourhood Plan must be published as a draft, and there must be a full and effective consultation in order for people to be able to contribute to the Plan. Consultation is also important as it will give an indication of the support for the Plan before committing to the referendum.


Draft Plan submitted to LPA for consideration.


Draft Plan undergoes Examination.


Examiner’s Report received.


Referendum carried out on draft Plan.


Plan adopted by LPA and used to decide Planning Applications.