Looe Town Council Planning Committee

During these difficult times the Planning Committee has had to learn to adapt to a different way of engaging with both the community and colleagues. Zoom has enabled us to conduct our meetings in a really efficient way, helping us review each planning application in detail. It has been great to see members of the public still participating with us and still able to put their points across, allowing the Planning Committee to see all aspects of each application.

Having welcomed several new members: Cllr Harrison, Cllr Jones, Cllr Holmes and Cllr Miller, and also had the great pleasure of welcoming back Cllr Sullivan, this is currently the largest Committee within LTC, which helps to provide a variety of views. Looe Town Council Planning Committee is working on submitting representation to the Government’s new planning reform and is currently digesting the potential implications for our area. We have written to neighbouring town and parish councils to hear their thoughts are and what steps they will be taking – so watch this space!

I am pleased to be able to give you a brief update on the progression of Looe Neighbourhood Plan that myself and Cllr Hannaford as co-chairs have been working hard on, along with steering group members and the support of Project Manager, Steve Besford–Foster. Significant progress has been made in developing a number of key projects, including the Looe Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), the Flood Defence and Economic Regeneration scheme, the Millpool/Polean masterplan and the Looe Cycleway Hub. Finalising and delivering these projects will help safeguard the heritage, environment and distinctiveness of Looe, as well as protecting the town from the risk of flooding and supporting its economic development.

Developed under the leadership of the Looe Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, supported by Looe Town Council, the draft NDP sets out a range of short and long term planning priorities aimed at ensuring that Looe is a thriving town that meets the needs of its residents and visitors in a sustainable way. Our NDP will shortly be submitted to Cornwall Council for compliance before we prepare for the plan to go to a referendum – all in all a very busy time!

May I take the opportunity to remind you that Looe Town Council Planning Committee meetings are held at least once a month. All meetings and details of planning applications can be viewed on www.looetowncouncil.gov.uk. The ‘planning information’ page also has lots of useful information. If you would like to attend a Zoom planning meeting telephone 01503 262255 or email enquiries@looetowncouncil.gov.uk