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Cornwall Council's fully interactive guide; a Day in the life of a Planning Application takes you step by step through the entire planning process from your initial development idea through to the completion of development.

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 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.

Having listened to feedback from local councils and agents, the Planning Partnership held a workshop in August to relook at the pre-app protocol for Local Councils, how effective it was, and how it could be improved to provide more help and guidance for towns and parishes.  This improved guidance was adopted at the Partnership’s meeting on 22.11.17.

There will no longer be a need to provide parish data or sign-up to the protocol.  In its place, is the Guiding principles for pre-app discussions guidance note that links to the 3-way protocol for how Local Councils, agents/developers and Cornwall Council can work together on dealing with pre-app proposals.  The guidance note covers dealing with approaches and requests for meetings from developers, parish-led community engagement, and specific help regarding concerns over pre-determination either at local council meetings or individual discussions.”

Key messages for towns and parishes are:

  • Green infrastructure and PERFECT project – the Planning Strategy team gave a presentation on the above and how neighbourhood plans are key to this project - more details are available on the Green infrastructure webpages and in the new Local Council newsletter.
  • Enforcement - Planning Partnership to hold a workshop on Enforcement matters on 10.1.18; outcomes will be available after the next Partnership meeting on 6.2.18.
  • 5-day Local Council Protocol – Councillor Egerton, Portfolio holder for Planning, requested that where parishes object to an application and request Committee consideration, that they send a representative to that Planning Committee.  To enable Local Councils to respond quickly to a 5-day protocol notice, Councillor Egerton also asked that when a parish debates particular applications, they think ahead as to what their position will be if the officer has a contrary view.
  • Post-decision community engagement – the Planning Partnership attended both Agents and Developers Forums recently to highlight the issues that local councils and residents are left with, once a site has gained consent, been sold to a new developer possibly and construction has started on-site.  This has been added to the Partnership’s work programme and will be progressed in the New Year.
  • The 'Cornwall pre-app protocol for Local Councils' was reviewed and has become 'Guiding Principles for pre-app discussions' so as to be more helpful regarding identified concerns over dealing with pre-apps enquiries.  The need to provide parish profile information and to sign-up for the protocol agreement has ceased.

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 - 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. 

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 6 February 2018.

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 (