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January 2017

Previous newsletters


Communities and Devolution Newsletter

Information for Town and Parish Councils

In this Planning issue

  • Update from Cornwall Planning Partnership
  • Paperless planning
  • Planning Enforcement

and more...


Welcome to the sixth Planning Newsletter

We hope you find the information in this special Planning Newsletter interesting and useful.

Please let us know if there is anything you would like us to cover in future newsletters.

Phone: 01872 323984

Kind regards
Customer Relations team, Economic Growth & Development

Cornwall 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 Conservation Sites.  
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

Pre Application Planning Protocol

The Cornwall Planning Partnership has been working with Cornwall Council to produce a pre-application planning protocol.  It is a three part document containing the following :

  1. Pre 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
  2. Pre 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
  3. Pre 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.
Local 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.
Applicants 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.
Cornwall 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 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:

Planning Enforcement

Information 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 Enforcement Toolkit.
The Quarterly Planning Enforcement Report 2016 Quarter 2 is prepared to summarise the level of enforcement activity for planning enforcement within Cornwall Council for the quarter:-
1 July 2016 – 30 September 2016
1 October 2016 – 31 December 2016

Useful links

Quick links to pages on our website you may find useful:

Update: Cornwall Planning Partnership

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 next May.
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 publicly available.
  • A workshop for the Partnership is to be held in February to discuss Enforcement issues.
  • 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  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 Excellence 2016

We had 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 and externally.

Paperless Planning Update

You may 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%
Have you found our website to be reliable?
63% of you responded ‘Yes’, whilst 36% responded ‘No’.
Have you experienced any unexpected issues since the move to paperless planning?
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 system?
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

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