St Austell St Blazey and China Clay Area Regeneration Plan Evidence Base
Last updated: 25/10/2013
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Much research has been undertaken across the St Austell, St
Blazey and China C-lay Area which has been used to inform
development of the Regeneration Plan. Please use the links
below to access documents that provide the justification, or
evidence base, for much of the St Austell, St Blazey and China Clay
Area Regeneration Plan.
Understanding the area
An overview of the big issues that influence policy and
strategy across Cornwall: Understanding Cornwall
The strategic direction of Cornwall is outlined in
Cornwall report. The report was prepared by using the same
multi-partnership approach as was advocated by the former
Local Strategic Partnership, and performs the same function as the
former Sustainable Community Strategy.
A wider appreciation of the Regeneration Plan area can be gained
by looking at some collated comprehensive
appraisal assesses the likely environmental and
sustainability impacts that will result from the use of the
Regeneration Plan. The report should be read alongside:
1 - Health and Wellbeing Screening Assessment
2 - LDF Sustainability Appraisal Objectives and Decision
3 - Consultation Response
4 - Summary Review Policies, Plans, Programmes, Strategies and
5 - Sustainability Appraisal of Plan Alternatives
6 - High Level Compatibility Test
7 - Matrix Criterion
Alternatively you can read a non-technical
summary of the document.
regulation assessment allows Cornwall Council to consider the
impact of development on conservation
sites and landscapes that support specific species.
Details of existing conservation sites are shown on an
map, and in greater detail for site 1,
Further background information has been prepared alongside
the Regeneration Plan, and draw together baseline information
applicable to the whole project area;
An Employment Land
Review identifies possible future employment sites within the
project area, and includes appendix
A, appendix B
part 1, appendix B
part 2, Appendix
C and the key to
map of the project area has been created, and replicates the
boundary that was used for the 2008 Strategic Investment Framework,
also known as the SIF.
In December 2010, Cornwall Council called for sites that may be
able to deliver the type of transformation regeneration that is
outlined in the plan. These sites were put into a table,
and also displayed on a map.
Each of the development cells was then the subject of a
In addition, some area wide constraints
maps show other significant considerations that could affect
The Regeneration Plan will feed into the wider Cornwall
Core Strategy. The issues that are examined in the core
strategy have been addressed in a series of reports:
Much of the existing planning policy for the Regeneration Plan
area comes from the former Restormel
Borough Council Local Plan:
Cornwall Council's Minerals
Plan informs policy that is relevant to large parts of the
Regeneration Plan area.
The Restormel Borough Council's Affordable
Housing Supplementary Planning Document helps to determine the
level of affordable housing provision within the Regeneration Plan
Local communities have identified infrastructure projects that
they would like to see delivered as part of any major developments
in the area. The delivery of these projects is dependent on
securing adequate funding, with some being of
importance, and some having more of a Parish
Cornwall Council have developed a number of transport strategies
that will, when delivered alongside new development, improve the
wider transport network throughout mid-Cornwall. These
include a walking and
cycling strategy that identifies CC funded
projects and projects
that will require developer contributions, and also
bus strategy. A proposed
transport improvements map is available to show where the
improvements will be implemented.
Conditions Report is the first part of an extensive
transport modelling process that will assess the current state
of the transport network in and around St Austell and identify
areas for improvement. This will influence some of the future
decisions that are made regarding transport in the Regeneration
A Cornwall wide transport plan will inform wider issues,
and has been prepared by Cornwall Council in the form
of Local Transport Plan 3, which was adopted
in 2011 and identifies transport priorities up until 2015.
Sports Field Assessment Report will influence where sporting
and recreation facilities need to be placed in the future, and
outlines the population levels that will create the demand for
future investment. A 2010
addendum to this report was completed to ensure that the
content remained up to date and relevant.
Cornwall Council and the Environment Agency are jointly
preparing a Surface Water Management Plan that will be completed at
the end of March 2011.
Future investment in jobs and the economy will be guided by the
Strategic Investment Framework, which outlines the number, type
and location of jobs and investment that would benefit the
Regeneration Plan area.
A wider, and more recent, economic
white paper has been prepared for the county, and this will
influence future strategic decisions on economic development.
The performance of 'The High Street' is often used as an
indicator of economic health. The Cornwall
Retail Study provides an assessment of this sector
Other useful information is included in the Cornwall
Employment Land Review, Cornwall and
Isles of Scilly Economic Forum Strategy and Action Plan, and
finally the Convergence
Operational Programme, which gives details of how European
Funding is allocated for future use.
The South West Regional Development Agency will be phased out
over the next twelve months, and be partly replaced by the
Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership.
Before we can plan for the community, we need to know who lives
there and what their characteristics are. Cornwall Council
produces this local information, including demographic
profiles and health profiles.
of housing need will influence the type, amount and
location of future housing provision.
Local opinion is especially important in understanding future
priorities for communities. The Clay Futures report outlines
the hopes and needs of communities within the Clay Country area,
and will help shape the communities of the future.
Town and Parish Councils play a central role in local democracy,
and provide a voice for communities. They produce parish
plans that feed into larger pieces of work, such as the core
Cornwall is a report that demonstrates how Cornwall Council
will reduce inequalities and promote greater inclusion through all
aspects of its work, including the planning process.
Other Policy and Guidance
Structure Plan contains saved county-wide policies that will
continue to be in effect until the Cornwall Local
Development Framework is adopted.
National Planning Policy is under review by the
coalition government. Until such time that a new
national planning framework is introduced, Planning Policy
Statements (PPS) and Planning Policy Guidance (PPG)
remain the mainstay of planning policy within the UK.
Other guidance exists that places specific emphasis on creating
places of high design quality. In doing so, places are
created with people in mind, focussing on how people interact
and appreciate their surroundings. Key guidance comes from
the Manual for
Streets, the Building
for Life Guide, The Urban Design
Compendium, and the Commission for Architecture and the Built
'Start with the Park' Guide.
'Green Cornwall' will place a focus on low carbon
advancement within the County, recognising the unique
potential of Cornwall to generate renewable energy within the
UK. National guidance exists in the form of the UK Low
Carbon Transition Plan.
of rural economies and affordable housing issues has been
published by Lord Taylor of Goss Moor.
A wider understanding of issues affecting rural populations is
contained within the Rural Advocate