From Cornwall Council:
Homes, parking, infrastructure and electoral divisions are on the agenda for the next full Council meeting to be held at 10.30am on Tuesday 10 July 2018.
Matters up for discussion include the purchase of a development site at Langarth Farm in Truro so the Council can take a lead in its development, long-term plans for the future of parking in Cornwall, and a levy on commercial development to raise funds for community infrastructure.
The agenda includes a Cabinet recommendation that the Council purchases land at Langarth Farm to bring forward the development of a high-quality housing scheme of 154 homes and set the tone for the further development of the area. If the proposal goes ahead, the Council will seek to amend the planning permission already in place to significantly improve the development, which would be led by the Council and would be made up of a mixture of housing types, including a significant proportion of affordable housing and also housing owned by the Council and rented at market rents.
Councillors will also consider proposals to upgrade technology so that car park users can pay on exit and book a space in advance, allowing people to spend more time in town centres. Improving the technology in the busiest car parks would free up enforcement officers to tackle on-street parking issues too. The plans aim to address the views of residents and businesses, as well as reflect best practice from other local authorities and industry experts.
Along with Langarth Farm and parking, the Council is considering introducing a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) that will apply to planning applications approved from 1 January 2019. The Levy would raise funds from new housing and commercial developments and would be spent on a wide range of infrastructure projects to help communities address the impact of development in Cornwall. Developers will get certainty upfront about the charges they will have to contribute to infrastructure and facilities to support the growth of communities.
Members will also be considering an interim report from the Electoral Review Panel on the Council’s response to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) draft proposals for a new pattern of electoral divisions in Cornwall.
Members of the public are welcome to attend full Council meetings in person at New County Hall or can watch the meeting via a live webcast.
Members of the public can also submit questions no later than midday two clear working days before the meeting.