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A Day in the Life of a Planning Application

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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), 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 also attend future Planning Portfolio Advisory Committee meetings if there are items of interest, as well as the current programme of Cornwall Council Member training events.

In addition to the regular meetings, the group meet for workshops. An excellent combined Cornwall Town and Parish Council consultation response was produced for the Government’s Planning Consultation Paper entitled: National Planning Policy – consultation on proposed changes following a workshop on 7.1.16. The Partnership is keen to play an active role in getting involved with such 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

Since May 2016 the Partnership has been working on an Interactive Planning Guide.  This started at a workshop with a comprehensive walk-through of a ‘day in the life’ of a planning application, from conception through to implementation.  Following this workshop and additional consideration at the June and September Partnership meetings, work has progressed on the Interactive Planning Guide.  This training guide will be available from May 2017 and it is hoped it will be a valuable resource for Local Councils and also will benefit a much wider audience.

David Simpson is the Partnership's representative on the Cornwall Council Peer Review Planning Improvement Board and reports on items of interest to local councils to the Partnership's attention.”  David attended all scheduled Planning Committees in January through to March to observe and feedback on how the process can be improved and run more smoothly.

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 16 March.

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.  We now have 35 towns and parishes who have signed-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.

Enforcement is a hot topic in the group, and a Partnership workshop was held on 23 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 with the aim of getting changes in place by May.

Following the recruitment exercise in the autumn, the new members were introduced to the group.  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 September pending re-election in May.

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 held quarterly and the 2017 meeting dates are

  • 14 June 2017
  • 5 September 2017
  • 12 December 2017  

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 (