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Planning in and for Cornwall - Policies and Manifesto
Mebyon Kernow – the Party for Cornwall supports well-balanced planning policies which protect the Cornish countryside, while allowing appropriate developments that meet the needs of local communities (ie. proper local-needs housing).

MK councillors have also consistently opposed unacceptable developments such as the incinerator at St Dennis and the “park and ride” expansion to the east of Truro, as well as excessive levels of housing and other growth in Bodmin, Camborne, Falmouth, Newquay and St Austell.

But the approach of central government through their National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) is turning Cornwall into a “developers’ paradise.” The Coalition’s “presumption in favour” of growth has lead to unchecked and damaging development, with developers lining up to ride roughshod over local communities. The Coalition has also put in place a regime which forces Councils to set high housing targets and limits any meaningful local discretion.

Mebyon Kernow is campaigning for all decisions about planning to be taken in Cornwall.

This would include the production of a Cornish National Planning Policy Framework to replace the NPPF produced by central government, which would allow housing and other targets to be agreed locally without interference from Whitehall. And MK is also determined that any appeal process is also be controlled from within Cornwall – so that planning inspectors from Bristol do not over-rule the views of local communities and their elected representatives

MK is committed to a lower and more sustainable housing target, with development geared to meet local needs, and planning policies that defend the Cornish countryside and protect town centres from out-of-town developments.