Last updated: 19/06/2013
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May 2013 - Local plan Update: Representations
made during the Local Plan: Strategic Policies Pre-Submission
Version consultation period are now available on our Representations page.
April 2013 - Local Plan Update: the Local Plan: Strategic Policies Pre Submission
Version consultation ran between the 11th March and the 22nd
April 2013. The consultation is now closed. We also consulted
on the Community Infrastructure Levy Preliminary
Draft Charging Schedule, the Gypsy and Travelling Communities
Strategy and Delivery Plan and town frameworks for
Bodmin and Helston at the same time.
It will not now be possible to report the consultation results
to the current Council before the Council elections in May 2013.
This means that the timetable for subsequent stages of the Local
Plan will be delayed until the new Council can consider the
responses to consultation.
The planning system plays an important role in helping protect
the environment in our towns and cities and in the countryside. The
planning system in England and Wales follows a plan-led system,
and in recent times this system was updated as part of
the Localism Bill in 2011, which in turn led to the adoption of the
Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).
The NPPF is the national planning policy document for
England and Wales. This national guidance is applied at
a more local level by Councils (also known as Local Planning
Authorities), who form area specific policies and proposals that
reflect the broad guidance of the NPPF, but with more locally
specific detail. In Cornwall the main policy document is the
emerging Cornwall Local Plan, which aims to control
and influence the use of land in the public interest by identifying
areas where development can and can not take place.
Sitting underneath the Cornwall Local Plan are area-based
policies for the larger settlements, reflecting the specific
character and needs of each place. These are referred to as
Frameworks or Neighbourhood Plans.
The NPPF requires that Local Plans 'be prepared with the
objective of contributing to the achievement of sustainable
development.' The Plans themselves draw upon a large amount of
studies and research that forms an evidence base, ensuring that the
content of the plan is based on robust information.
Local Plans should cover a 20 year period, and be
able to demonstrate that the content of the Plan is deliverable,
meaning that a sufficient number of sites have been identified to
achieve the objectives of the Plan.
Interim and Adopted Planning Policy - From
1 April 2009, the six District Councils and the County Council
became a unitary authority - Cornwall Council. Many of the
planning policies that were used by the former districts have been
saved until such time that a county wide Local Plan is adopted.
These policies will be used to determine plannig applications that
are submitted to Cornwall Council, albeit that the national
guidance of the NPPF will be given greatest weight in decision
making if the saved policies are considered out-of-date.
A page on this website has been set-up to provide details of how
Plan is progressing, and the additional documents that will be
prepared in support of the Plan.
Latest News and Policy Updates
Planning policy is periodically reviewed and updated. For
details of the latest developments from the Cornwall Council
Planning and Regeneration Service you can subscribe to the
in Planning page.
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