The Working Group was headed by Bob Ellis (Kenwyn Parish Council), Sarah Newton MP and Rob Nolan (Truro City Council)

For five long years Truro City Council and Kenwyn Parish councillors have worked hard to provide this Neighbourhood Plan for Truro and Kenwyn. It went through a Referendum in which 3,500 people voted and those that did overwhelmingly supported our plan. So now that it’s been adopted, what happens?

We don’t want the plan to be put on a shelf and forgotten about. Recently we had a Planning Officer supporting an application that was against our signage policy. Now our Signage Policy is a great policy, it’s all in Policy C5, which requires Signage to respect the architectural integrity of the buildings and character of the locality. This Policy is why we have shopfront signs that look hand painted, and very few garish illuminated signs.

So to make sure our Plan doesn’t gather dust somewhere, and we prevent Cornwall Council planning officers making another mistake, we’re working to make it more accessible. This is our new website, where Residents, Councillors and Cornwall Councils Planners can easily find the policies that apply to an application.

We will be making sure that this plan is used, so that we can safeguard what’s great about Truro and Kenwyn, and ensure that any development that takes place is appropriate, sympathetic and in accordance with the views of the many people who supported the plan’s vision for our future.

Vision & Objectives

“Our vision is for Truro & Kenwyn to be a successful and vibrant place, where everyone has the opportunity to thrive economically, culturally and socially; a safe place, aware of its history and confident of its future; that promotes and achieves learning, innovation, activity, health and sustainable development. Truro & Kenwyn will be a diverse …

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The Environment in Truro and Kenwyn:

Truro and Kenwyn contain considerable areas of biodiversity and locally significant landscapes. The Fal and Helford Special Area of Conservation extends into the Plan area and the Carine Common SAC is located close to the Gloweth area. Green fingers extend down through valleys almost into the centre of Truro at the Coosebean and Allen Valleys. …

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The Economy in Truro and Kenwyn   Vision: A vibrant, sustainable, resilient and balanced economy responsive to all community needs and market conditions.   Truro and Kenwyn has a vibrant economy. The city provides services, shopping, leisure, and other facilities to a wide rural hinterland and significant employment; over 14,000 people commute into the area …

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Education in Truro and Kenwyn:   There are 7 state primary schools, 2 state secondary schools and 2 private pre-preparatory schools and secondary schools in the Plan area. Whilst Truro School has a sixth form, neither of the state secondary schools have post 16 facilities and this is provided through Truro and Penwith College. The …

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Housing in Truro and Kenwyn: Housing ranges from open market housing, to affordable housing which can either be rented or partly owned. It also includes specialist housing such as sheltered accommodation for elderly or vulnerable people with specific needs. Truro city experienced its largest modern building waves in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s, although steady …

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Transport in Truro and Kenwyn: Truro lies on the mainline railway from Penzance to London Paddington and has a frequent service to other towns. The A30 runs along the boundary of Kenwyn Parish, but access to the city is via the A39 and the A390, which run through the city centre before splitting to take …

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Leisure and culture in Truro and Kenwyn: The quality and quantity of leisure and recreation spaces in the Plan area is a very important factor in the Health and Wellbeing of the community. This is recognised in the County-wide health and wellbeing strategy, and the policies in this Plan represent significant local actions to enact …

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Summary of Policies Environment Policy E1 – Sustainable development – Ensuring that new development demonstrates social, economic and environmental sustainability, including reducing energy use and the need to travel. Policy E2 – Sustainable drainage – ensure sustainable drainage is provided to accommodate development in the plan area and avoid increasing flood risk. Policy E3 – …

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