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Formerly known as the Planning Forum, the Planning Partnership is a group of Councillors and Clerks of various Towns and Parish Councils from across Cornwall, Sarah Mason from the Cornwall Association of Local Councils (CALC), Bob Egerton CC - Cornwall Council’s Planning Portfolio Holder, and David Edmondson, Strategic Developments Manager. The group has quarterly meetings set up throughout 2017.  

The current local council members of the group are:

  • Linda Coles – Clerk to Sheviock Parish Council
  • Councillor Peter Tisdale – Cornwall Association of Local Councils
  • Councillor Ashley Wood – Lanner Parish Council
  • Councillor David Simpson - St Stephen-in-Brannel Parish Council
  • Councillor Martin Saunders - Padstow Town Council
  • Councillor Lander - St Minver Highlands Parish Council
  • Councillor Rita Lait - St Ives Town Council
  • Councillor John Roberts - Calstock Parish Council
  • Councillor Christine Boswell-Munday - St Minver Lowlands Parish Council
  • Councillor Maurice Vella - Truro City Council
  • Councillor Bob Richards - Feock Parish Council
  • Councillor Mike Roberts – Mevagissey Parish Council
  • Councillor Pauline Barrow - St Agnes Parish Council
  • Councillor David Lobban - Linkinhorne Parish Council
  • Councillor Amanda Pennington - Wadebridge Town Council
  • Christopher Drake – Clerk to Launceston Town Council
  • John Hesketh – Clerk to Menheniot Parish Council

The group does not currently have substitutes and nomination to the group is personal, rather than selection of the Local Council who then makes a nomination.

The Partnership has a full work programme, and attend the current programme of Cornwall Council Member training events.

In addition to the regular meetings, the group meet for workshops. The Partnership is keen to play an active role in getting involved with consultations, helping to shape policy and guidance for planning in Cornwall. The group is helping shape planning training and addressing problems/challenges that that are brought to the attention of the group.

A Town and Parish Council pre-app protocol for Cornwall has been produced and was adopted at the meeting on 15 September. The Cornwall pre-app protocol for Local Councils documents are set out below. Local councils can sign up by sending in their registration/profile forms to

At the meeting on 14 June 2017, it was agreed to hold a workshop to consider the new enhanced pre-application community engagement process and how that fits with the current Cornwall pre-app protocol for Local Councils.  The workshop will also be an opportunity to review and make any changes needed to the protocol.

The group met on 14 June and welcomed Bob Egerton CC to the Partnership as the new Planning Portfolio holder.

Planning Enforcement update – updates were presented to the group on actions identified at the Partnership’s Enforcement workshop held in February.  Key messages for towns and parishes are:

  • Assessment of harm – The attached document ‘What is planning harm’ can be used by Local Councils as a guide to what can and what can’t be considered to constitute harm in planning terms.
  • Update the Council website - The enforcement web pages have been re-drafted to help members of the public to understand what the planning enforcement team can do, what it can’t do, to assist them in finding out the relevant information before lodging a complaint, and to respond to some frequently asked questions.  Please can all parishes familiarise themselves with the web pages and advise members of the public to read the web pages before submitting a complaint. 
  • Enforcement weekly lists to parish/town councils for free - The Council will circulate this to the local council clerks via email each week from the end of June.  Please note that the lists include all cases for all parishes (the system will not allow us to break this down so that only a single parish information is included) however, it is sorted in sub-headings for each parish so it is easy to find the relevant information for a parish.  Please also note that the lists include a summary of closure for each case which is not a formal public document, therefore Local Councils are asked please do not publish it as such. 

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) - Feedback was received from the sub-group.  The group will meet with Sarah Mason to focus their recommendations to enable the Partnership to make the most of an opportunity to contribute to how CIL may be applied.

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 now forms part of all pre-application discussions.  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.  Towns and parishes are continuing to sign-up to the Cornwall pre-app protocol for Local Councils as their way of dealing with pre-applications and working with both the Council and developers in engaging local residents.

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 subsequent views of the local council will be publicly available.

Agendas and notes from the meetings held to date are available as follows:

News and updates from the Partnership are also circulated in the Local Council newsletter. 

Meetings are currently quarterly and the next meeting is on 5 September 2017.  After September meeting frequency will be increased to alternate months to increase the capacity of the Partnership to consider ongoing tasks and business at meetings. 

The Cornwall Planning Partnership is now a well-established communication forum that is an important part of the process of liaison between the Local Planning Authority and our important Local Councils.  Should you wish to raise an issue at a forthcoming meeting, please contact Sarah Mason (