From: Cornwall Council
behalf of Cornwall Council Planning Service
Sent: 24 January 2017 11:11
Subject: Planning Newsletter -
for Town and Parish Councils
In this Planning issue
- Update from Cornwall
- Paperless planning
- Planning Enforcement
Welcome to the sixth Planning Newsletter
We hope you
find the information in this special Planning Newsletter interesting
Please let us know if there is anything you would like us to cover in
Phone: 01872 323984
Relations team, Economic Growth & Development
Local Plan – Strategic Policies
By now you
will be aware that Cornwall Council adopted its Local Plan – Strategic
Policies document before Christmas. This is an important milestone.
We will now be using the Policies in this document for planning
decisions. In addition, all Neighbourhood Development Plans
will have to be ‘in conformity’ with these policies. The Local Plan
Inspector required us to make a number of key changes to our original
plan of 2015;
- a new housing Target
for the Plan period of 52,500 new homes by 2030 (of these over
36,000 have permission or are already built);
- ensure a clearer link
between the economic strategy (adding a target of 38,000 jobs)
and the Plan’s housing target; and
- adjust the affordable
housing targets to reflect the respective viability of different
areas and the threshold to match national policy.
The Inspector also recommended a number of other changes broadly in
line with the Council’s intentions for the Plan including a new
policy for mitigating recreational impacts on European Nature
Importantly, with the adoption of the Plan and the Inspector agreed
target, we believe we can demonstrate a 5 year land supply. While
this is not a reason for refusal in itself, it does mean that our
housing policies are up to date and can be fully enforced.
All the up to date information is available on our Planning Policy
web pages http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/planning/planning-policy/
Pre Application Planning
Planning Partnership has been working with Cornwall Council to
produce a pre-application planning protocol. It is a three part
document containing the following :
Application Agreement – this outlines the roles
of each of the parties involved in the planning process.
If your parish chooses to adopt this agreement, it will define
your council’s role and your requirements of the
applicant. It also defines the role of the Local Planning
Authority in supporting you through this process
Application Protocol – the protocol explains
how your council will engage in pre-application and clarifies
the potential danger areas which should be avoided under the
Code of Conduct for Local Councils
Application Planning Profile – Cornwall Council
will hold this register of information about your parish and
share it with any potential developer seeking pre-application
consultation in your area.
The Planning Partnership has designed the protocol documents to help
manage everyone’s expectations in the pre-application process.
Councils can feel safe that the protocol acts as a
policy for pre-application; it has been approved by the Monitoring
Officer and councillors will remain within the principles of public
life and the code of conduct if they abide by the protocol.
and Developers will need to provide financial support
for public consultation and produce hard copy plans for public
display. The agreement also explains the role of the parish
council during pre-application.
Council will be confident that those who have signed
up to the agreement are prepared to deliver a pre-application process
which includes robust public consultation before any plans are
submitted. It will honour its commitments to give support as
outlined in the agreement and require developers to do the same.
To join the pre application agreement scheme, please pass a
resolution to adopt the three documents at your next meeting and
return the completed parish profile to CC Customer Relations at email@example.com
who will be holding the register.
On behalf of the Cornwall Planning Partnership, we would encourage
local councils to considering signing up to this protocol. If
you have any questions, please contact either Sarah Mason at CALC, or
David Edmondson at Cornwall Council.
Further information on the Planning Partnership can be found at:
to pages on our website you may find useful:
The Planning Partnership met on 15 December prior to
the final Local Council Conference event in Bodmin. Following
the recruitment exercise in the autumn, the new members were
introduced by David Edmondson and Sarah Mason. The work of the
Partnership over the last 18 months was detailed to the new members
and the terms of reference of the group explained. It is
anticipated that the current membership will now run until the elections
The minutes and an update on the new members will shortly be
available on the Partnership’s webpage at:
Key points from the December meeting are:
- Local Council (5-day)
protocol – clerks can submit subsequent comments under the 5-day
protocol by Consultee Access and this means that both the
original and then subsequent view of the local council will be
- A workshop for the
Partnership is to be held in February to discuss Enforcement
- Cornwall pre-app
protocol for Local Councils – this has been circulated and local
councils are signing up by sending in their registration/profile
forms to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More work is being done in the New Year on pre-app community
engagement and the role that local councils can play.
- Online interactive
guide – this training resource covering ‘a day in the life of a
planning application’ is being progressed and should be
available in March and will be especially useful for local
councils’ new members following the May elections.
- Neighbourhood Plans –
the group received an update from the Neighbourhood Planning
team – guidance notes will be available on the Cornwall Planning
Partnership webpage in due course.
Please note that the next meeting is on 7th March 2017;
please contact Sarah Mason or David Edmondson if you have any issues
that you would like to be considered for inclusion in the ongoing
work programme of the group.”
RTPI Award for Planning
success in London at the RTPI Awards earlier this year in May
scooping the prize for Employer Award for Planning Excellence
for our training and development. They liked the broad range of
training that is provided for all the different groups, internally
Paperless Planning Update
recall back in the summer we sent you all a link to participate in a
survey asking how you were getting on since the move to Paperless
Planning – We would like to say thank you to all those who took the
time to participate.
Please find below a summary of the results we received.
How did you
find the online planning register when using this for the first time?
‘Easy’ had the most responses at 22%. A score of ‘5’ between
ease and difficulty was the next most popular option at 17%
found our website to be reliable?
63% of you responded ‘Yes’, whilst 36% responded ‘No’.
experienced any unexpected issues since the move to paperless
52% of respondents had not experienced any unexpected issues since
the move to paperless planning.
For those that had experienced unexpected issues; it was a 50/50
split between those who had managed to resolve their issues, and
those that hadn’t. We would again like to stress that if you are
experiencing any issues with paperless planning to let us know, so
that we can do our best to assist.
Do you know
who to contact should you have questions regarding the paperless
Only 54% of respondents answered ‘Yes’ to this question.
Should you have any further questions or require any assistance,
please contact the Customer Relations Team on 01872 323984 or email@example.com
Useful information for
about the online planning register, how to respond and what happens
after your comments are received