The first stage will be to successfully guide the production of a robust evidence based document that provides a localised detailed description of the landscape for the area. This is currently taking place with the professional help of an Environmental Consultant appointed to the PNP by Cornwall Council.
It will sub divide the area that is assessed into ‘Character Types’ based on a factual assessment undertaken by volunteers selected by the PNP Steering Group using the agreed methodology that the Environmental Consultant has provided guidance and training on to the Group’s volunteers.
The volunteers will assess each of these areas which will be compiled into a report undertaken by the group. The Environmental Consultant will direct the methodology for the report and provide appropriate review and guidance. The completed report will stand alone as a factual evidence base but will be a key tool for informing the next stage.
The direction and focus of the second stage will be dependent on the PNP Steering Group and relative to the pressures on the Porthleven area and the objectives that will begin to emerge as consultation and engagement with Porthleven progresses.
However the key requirement for this stage is to effectively use the factual data base collected through the first stage to enable this to inform policies in the Neighbourhood Plan and potentially site allocations.
This is likely to be through an assessment of the capacity and sensitivity of each of the defined character type areas to accommodate the areas development pressures from a landscape perspective.
It is important to note that not all components of the character type areas will be at a high pressure from development; at this stage the areas more at pressure will be identified by the PNP Steering Group which will enable this stage of assessment to become more focused.
The assessments themselves will again be undertaken by the PNP volunteers but will be guided and supported throughout by the successful appointee.
Once the assessments are undertaken they will be collaborated in to a report which will outline the sensitivity of each / or part of the character type area to new development. This will include landscape recommendations on the appropriate siting and scale of possible future development resulting in a robust landscape strategy to inform future development and potentially allocations. It is important to note that this assessment will be purely landscape focused and will not assess the sites against wider planning considerations.
The report is required to be succinct, picking out the key points for consideration. It can not cover absolutely every detail, be over complicated or too long, otherwise it will not be usable and therefore useful.