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Residents' opinions sought to shape plan

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

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VOLUNTEERS are being asked to help shape the future of the Gwinear-Gwithian Parish.

The parish council is launching its neighbourhood plan and looking for residents in the villages to make their opinions heard.

Gwinear-Gwithian has been granted approval as a designated neighbourhood plan area, which means residents will be able to choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built and what infrastructure should be provided.

Brian Pocock, chairman of Gwinear-Gwithian Parish Council, said there was a lot of local knowledge in the area which he hoped could be used effectively to create a plan residents will be happy with.

"We have set up a steering group and will need volunteers which can include parishioners, businesses, landowners and other interested parties to form task groups to help prepare our neighbourhood plan over the next couple of years."

Mr Pocock said it will take up to 18 months to complete the plan, which has to be externally scrutinised and examined before parishioners are given the chance to vote to implement it.

The parish council recently launched a new website to try to interact with and engage more people in its work.

A timeline for all the stages of the plan will be posted on the website, along with information regarding committee meetings and ways that the local community can get involved. For more details about the plan visit www.gwineargwithianplan.org.uk or contact the neighbourhood plan steering group on 01209 614618.

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