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Penwith District Local Plan
Adopted 2004
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4.1.1 The Plan Strategy (para. 3.3.6) can be developed through identifying:-

a) resources to be protected - global and local

  • climate/atmosphere,
  • animals and plants (species diversity),
  • air quality,
  • water supply and quality,
  • soils,
  • land,
  • raw materials,
  • landscape/countryside,
  • townscape/village character,
  • heritage,
  • character of the District.

b) resources to be safeguarded and utilised

  • renewable energy potential,
  • waste recycling potential,
  • developed resources
    • buildings,
    • town and village centres,
    • transport routes,
    • services,
  • human resources
    • physical and mental health and well being.

c) the needs/requirements of the local community

  • economic,
  • amount and type of housing,
  • recreational,
  • services and facilities.

d) ways of reconciling environmental and development needs so that both can continue to be met in the future. This process has led to the identification of specific objectives which are relevant to the Plan as a whole and are, in turn, met by a range of Plan policies. These objectives relate to the particular circumstances of Penwith and the evident pressures for development, problems and opportunities. In some cases they represent a restatement of an already well documented approach, in others a formal expression of a previously unwritten objective.



  1. To ensure that development does not have an adverse effect on landscape, nature conservation, historic, archaeological and geological values;
  2. To preserve and enhance the character and appearance of the built environment;
  3. To ensure that development does not have an adverse impact on the best and most versatile agricultural land;
  4. To ensure that development does not have an adverse effect on air, water and soil qualities;
  5. To ensure that development is of a scale and design that is in keeping with the special character and qualities of the District and its specific location;
  6. To promote energy efficiency;
  7. To pursue a distribution and pattern of development which:-reduces the need to travel, allows for the use of alternative means of transport to the private car and is well related to existing transport networks;
  8. To ensure that the location of development maximises existing or proposed infrastructure provision and accessibility to services and community facilities;
  9. To ensure that development will be located where it can be accommodated by existing or proposed infrastructure networks, community services and facilities;
  10. To encourage the provision of improved facilities for public transport users, cyclists and pedestrians;
  11. To achieve the most efficient use of land and existing buildings;
  12. To promote the re-use of previously developed land including the regeneration of derelict, unused and under-used sites in towns and villages;
  13. To relate housing provision to the estimated growth in population and number of households;
  14. To relate industrial land provision to the estimated level of job creation requiring new sites;
  15. To provide a framework that supports initiatives for the management and enhancement of the countryside in terms of its landscape, nature conservation, historic, archaeological and geological values;
  16. To maintain and improve the vitality and viability of the main town centres;
  17. To maintain and improve the role of villages as local centres of community and commercial activity;
  18. To encourage tourism development that is based on the natural attractions and cultural heritage of the District;
  19. To facilitate employment initiatives that strengthen and broaden the local economy;
  20. To meet the needs of the community as a whole in terms of general market, affordable and other special needs housing;
  21. To meet the needs of residents and visitors in terms of services, recreational and community facilities;
  22. To create a 'user friendly' human environment in terms of safety, security, accessibility and amenity.
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