The Cornwall Planning Partnership held its first meeting of 2017 on
the 7th March. The group received an update on the
Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) which provoked much debate and
resulted in a sub-group being formed of 2 clerks and 2 councillors to
work with the Council’s Policy team to consider how to carry out
engagement and ensure Local Council input prior to the next stage in
the process. The final draft of the CIL Charging schedule is hoped to
be published in May following consideration by the Cabinet on 16th
Council consultation responses – the need for both
local councils and planning case officers to state specific policies
in their responses and reports was also discussed. It was
agreed to ask all Clerks to refer to their specific policies that
would apply in their own Neighbourhood Plans, and also the Local Plan
policies if possible, in their consultation responses to Planning.
pre-app protocol for Local Councils has now been live
since Autumn 2016 and we now have 35 towns and parishes who have
signed-up to this way of dealing with pre-applications and working
with both the Council and developers in engaging local residents on
pre-application proposals. As part of measures to ensure
greater community engagement and involvement in new developments in
Cornwall, the Council has decided to introduce a new process as part
of their pre-application advice service. Planning case officers
will advise applicants and agents on the most appropriate form of
community engagement for their proposal. This will form part of
all pre-application discussions from May 2017. One of those
options recommended will be to work with the Local Council to
facilitate an event for local residents, and the Cornwall pre-app
protocol for Local Council sets out one way this can be
achieved. Planning case officers will continue to advise
developers to liaise with the Local Council regardless of which
option for community engagement they recommend however.
Information on the Cornwall pre-app protocol for Local Councils can
be found on the Planning Partnership webpage:
is a hot topic in the group, and a Partnership workshop was held on
23rd February with relevant Development Management and
Enforcement staff to consider reporting processes, retrospective
planning applications, interactions between enforcement officer and
local council, what constitutes a breach, and compliance with
planning conditions, amongst others. A range of actions to be
taken forward came out of the workshop and will be communicated to
all local councils shortly.
Work is almost complete on the new online planning training guide, “A day in the life of a
planning application” which covers the whole planning
process from an initial approach to the Council with a concept or
proposal to actions after a formal decision has been made. This
training aid is the result of the first workshop held by the Planning
Partnership and is an example of the sort of thing, the group is
achieving together. It is hoped the guide will not only benefit
Local Councils but will be a resource for new Members, the public and
a much wider audience. The idea for the guide came from the
Partnership workshop, content was agreed and added to at Partnership
meetings as the guide was being progressed, and the whole thing was
proof-read by a small team of volunteers from the Partnership prior
to publication. The interactive guide will be available on the
Council’s website from May 2017 and contains guidance, links, information
on processes from pre-application through to determination of a
formal application, the Appeals process and Enforcement. Coming
soon … in May!
Finally, the next meeting of the Partnership is on 14th
June and requests for items to be raised can be sent to David
Edmondson at email@example.com, or Sarah
Mason at firstname.lastname@example.org
Groups in Cornwall continue to be very active, with 88 designated
neighbourhood plan areas; this includes 5 cluster Neighbourhood Plans
where two or more parishes are working together, so 103 parishes are
preparing or have completed a neighbourhood plan. The easiest way to
find out about neighbourhood planning activity in Cornwall is to
visit this page of the Cornwall Council Neighbourhood Planning
Planning in Cornwall Bude-Stratton, Roche, Rame Peninsula
and St Minver Parishes Neighbourhood Plans will go to referendum
alongside the Council elections on May 4th and Gwinear
Gwithian and North Hill Neighbourhood Plans are currently being
The proposed rates for a Cornwall CIL were set out in a Preliminary
Draft Charging Schedule which underwent a six week public
consultation in January/February 2017. Seventy-three
representations were received from individuals, developers, Parish/Town
Councils, businesses and organisations across Cornwall.
Representations received can be accessed via the Council’s CIL
webpages at www.cornwall.gov.uk/cil.
Comments received were considered and have informed production of a
Draft Charging Schedule, which is the next step in development of a
CIL for Cornwall. Following Cabinet approval in March, the
Draft Charging Schedule will be published for consultation later in
the year; it is anticipated that this will begin in May.
In addition to the Draft Charging Schedule, the next round of
consultation will also see publication of three other draft CIL
documents which we will be seeking comments on:
- Regulation 123 List –
this sets out the infrastructure projects, or types of
infrastructure, that Cornwall Council may fund, in whole or in
part, through CIL.
- Instalment Policy –
this sets out the options for developers to pay their CIL charge
in instalments, dependant to the total CIL a development is
liable to pay.
- Discretionary Relief
Policy – this sets out the relief that Cornwall Council proposes
to provide to eligible development, over and above the mandatory
relief provided for through the CIL Regulations.
None of the documents
included in this consultation contain information about the decision
making process for how CIL income will be distributed and
spent. This will be informed by the outcome of an ongoing
governance review, and will be a focus of attention for the new
administration. Parishes should talk to their local Councillor
about this in due course. However, what is known is that at least 15%
of CIL will be returned to Parish where it is raised,
unless there is a Neighbourhood Development Plan in place when
it is increased to 25%.
Representations received during the consultation period will be
considered and, if required, alternations will be made to the Draft
Charging Schedule and published through a Statement of
Modifications. The Draft Charging Schedule will then be
submitted to the Secretary of State for examination in public.
If, once the Draft Charging Schedule has been examined, it is found to
be sound and capable of adoption by an independent examiner, it will
be considered by our Full Council for adoption. Once adopted, the CIL
charges will be applied to any new applicable developments that
receive planning approval.
More information on the CIL, and development of a CIL in Cornwall,
can be found on the Council’s website at www.cornwall.gov.uk/cil.
For specific queries, please contact the Local Plans team at email@example.com or phone 01872
224665 who will be happy to help.
Neighbourhood planning officers facilitated ‘surgeries’ in Truro,
Bodmin and Camborne in early March, where NDP groups were able to
book a 45 minute slot to discuss progress and seek advice on plan
preparation. The feedback from attendees was so positive that we are
setting up quarterly sessions to continue providing this option to
all groups. The next round of surgeries will be in late May/ early
June in the following locations:
am – 5pm
am – 5pm
am – 5pm
St John’s Hall
Sessions will be 45 minutes long and start on the hour. Groups can
book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of pre-application or Planning Performance Agreement (PPA)
discussions, a planning case officer will advise applicants and
developers on the most appropriate form of community engagement for a
proposal; this advice will form part of all pre-application
Full details of the options for Community Engagement, together with
Frequently Asked Questions, can be found in the Pre-application Community Engagement guidance
Notice of upcoming Pre-application Community
Engagement Forums will also be published on the website.
Neighbours will be invited to a Forum (in accordance with the
Council’s standard neighbour notification criteria for planning
applications) and the wider community will be able to find out
details of these events on the Community Engagement webpages.
This will not however apply to confidential requests for
What place does
Green Infrastructure play in your parish?
Cornwall Council has recently
started a new European partnership (Interreg) project called
‘PERFECT’ that is being undertaken with the Town and Country Planning
Association and six other European partners. PERFECT (Planning for
Resource efficiency in European Cities and Towns) is a five year
study designed to help raise awareness of the benefits that investing
in green infrastructure can have in addressing social, economic and
environmental issues in Cornwall.
The aim of the project is to
increase both knowledge and the provision of green infrastructure in
Cornwall. Neighbourhood Plans are great places to include proposals
to increase greenspaces and accessibility for both people and nature.
We will shortly be developing guidance for Neighbourhood Plans on how
to help improve the environment in parishes through investment green
infrastructure provision and maintenance.
A description of the project
may be viewed at: www.cornwall.gov.uk/perfect
and Robert Lacey can be contacted at (01872) 224319 if you have any
questions on the survey or the project.
Local Plan Adoption
The adoption of the Cornwall Local Plan provides a clear policy
framework for groups preparing a neighbourhood plan. Neighbourhood
plans should not repeat higher level policies, but focus on where
they can add extra local detail.
The Cornwall Local Plan Policy 3, Role and Function of Places,
identifies housing targets for main towns and a figure that needs to
be provided by the rural areas of each community network area.
Neighbourhood plans will need to demonstrate how they are meeting
their share of this distribution in order to be in general conformity
with the Local Plan. The neighbourhood planning team can help you to
understand the basic level of development your plan should aim for,
which groups can then refine through consultation and analysis of evidence.
Principal Residence Policies
One of the main stories in neighbourhood planning over the last few
months has been the inclusion of a principal residence policy in the
St Ives NDP. A legal challenge was dismissed and this may encourage
other neighbourhood plans to include restrictions on second homes.
It’s important for groups considering the inclusion of a principal
residence policy to justify the need for this to provide evidence
that the second homes market is having a detrimental impact on the
sustainability of their community.
Groups should also consider the wider impacts of the policy, which
will affect development viability and may reduce the provision of
affordable housing or other community benefits: NDPs which include a
principal residence policy may drop one ‘Value Zone’ for Community
Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and affordable housing. See Appendix 2 of
the Cornwall Local plan for Value Zones and the percentage of
affordable housing which can be required in each zone.
Empty properties are a wasted resource which could be used for homes.
They can also be an eyesore or cause other problems.
Cornwall Council works to bring empty properties back into habitable
use to help contribute to housing supply and improve the area.
Ideally this is achieved by coordinated provision of advice and
financial assistance to property owners, including through our Empty Property Loan scheme.
However, if an owner is not engaging or cooperating with the Council,
we may resort to enforcement action.
If you have concerns about an empty property in your area, please
contact the Empty
Homes Team: Email: email@example.com
or Telephone: 01726 223600
Further information about the work of the team, including links to
information leaflets, is available on our website: www.cornwall.gov.uk/emptyproperties
through planning appeals
Since the adoption of the Local Plan, we have seen a marked increase
in our success rate in defending planning appeals. We are
currently successfully defending 90% of our planning appeals.
We have a number of appeal decisions confirming that the Council can
demonstrate a 5 year land supply, which will assist us going forward
as it is an issue which will be regularly challenged in appeals. We
have received less appeals in the calendar year to date compared to
previous years, which is also positive news. The successful
appeal decisions highlight that demonstrating and keeping a 5 year
supply of housing is critical if we want to deliver quality
development in the area.
investigating different forms of communications – Would you like to
receive notifications via a text message to alert you to the
newsletter being available to view? Please let our Customer Relations
Team know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
and include the word TEXT in your subject heading.
Regulatory Support service - Supporting Local Business across Cornwall
The success and growth of local business across our
county is not just in the interests of business operators. A
successful business sector will bring with it, increased wealth and a
sense of well-being which will bring benefits across all of our local
communities, everybody wins.
Within Cornwall Council we are as regulators working
hard to do our bit in partnership with the business community, to
help build and sustain the conditions for business growth. We are
seeking to do this by the provision of readily accessible, sound,
consistent and timely advice to help you grow and succeed.
We are here to provide support and help across
regulatory spectrum including food safety, trading standards,
environmental protection, licensing, health and safety, fire safety,
planning and building control. Business surveys have regularly shown
the desire from business for a single point of contact within your
local authority, with whom you can do your business. This has
always been difficult to achieve because of the vast range of topics
we cover, we have though now put in place a Business Regulatory
Support Hub (tel. 0300 1234 212), staffed by individuals who know and
understand business needs, and who have in many cases worked in the
The aim is not only to get you the support and advice
you need, but to get it to you quickly and in a format that works for
you. We give a named contact and a 9-5 Monday to Friday same day
We can offer a range of services to businesses and
Town & Parish Councils. We offer a range of water sampling
services, expert advice in health and safety and fire matters, a full
range of training across safety, fire wardens, first aid and food
safety. We can even tailor courses to your needs. For a full range of
services see our website www.businessregulatorysupport.co.uk
regarding planning enforcement complaints can be found at:
If you wish to find out more about our enforcement options you can
find more details in our Planning Enforcement Fact Sheet or
The Quarterly Planning Enforcement Report 2016/17 Quarter 4 is
prepared to summarise the level of enforcement activity for planning
enforcement within Cornwall Council for the quarter:-
1 January 2017 - 31 March 2017
to pages on our website you may find useful: