Planning Policy Guidance

Planning policy guidance exists to provide additional and further detail on policies within the Cornwall Local Plan. The types of guidance available are generally referred to as Supplementary Planning Documents, Development Briefs or general planning guidance.

This page sets out the documents that Cornwall Council will use as material considerations in the determination of planning applications. They consist of:

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Supplementary Planning Documents are documents that are produced to provide more detailed advice and guidance to supplement policies and proposals contained in the Local Plan. National planning policy makes provision for Local Planning Authorities to supplement the policies contained in the Local Plan with SPDs which are to provide detailed guidance on specific topics or issues. Older versions were known as Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG).

The following SPDs have been adopted

  • Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site SPD: (Cornish Mining World Heritage Site) is a designated heritage asset of the highest significance internationally. This SPD has been written primarily to help planning officers, and elected members on planning committees, when making decisions on development that could affect the Outstanding Universal Value, or international significance, of the World Heritage Site. The SPD also provides an insight for developers and others wishing to submit planning applications within the World Heritage Site. The Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site Supplementary Planning Document was adopted on the 31st May 2017.

The following SPD are in preparation:

  • Renewable Energy Planning Advice: Adopted in March 2016, the Planning Advice provides guidance on a range of renewable energy technologies. It explains what community ownership means and how it might be considered as part of a planning application. It also contains detailed guidance on specific considerations, such as landscape and
    cumulative impact (in particular for wind turbines and solar farms). As such, the Planning Advice provides a proactive tool guide new development, inform planning decisions and support the development of Neighbourhood Plans across Cornwall.

  • Affordable Housing SPD: This document will provide detailed guidance on the issue of affordable housing because of the complexity around the ways it can be required and implemented.

    In the interim the draft Affordable Housing SPD (whilst of limited weight) has been approved by the Council’s Environment Heritage and Planning Portfolio Advisory Committee and Cabinet as a supporting document to the Local Plan:

    • The SPD brings together the most recent evidence into one place to help support the Council in decision making;
    • It will be used as a supporting document for the Local Plan and its examination; and
    • The Council will seek to apply it as a material consideration in the determination of planning applications.

The following SPD are proposed for revision to SPD or as new guidance:

  • Assessing Landscape Impact of Development;
  • Design Guide;
  • Guide to Distribution of Housing in Rural Areas;
  • Historic Environment;
  • Housing Mix;
  • Managing Waste in New Development;
  • Mitigation Strategy for European Sites: Recreational Pressure from Residential Development;
  • Open Space Standards;
  • Operation, Management and Restoration of Waste Facilities;
  • Residential Amenity Space Standards;
  • St Austell China Clay Tipping and Restoration Strategy;
  • St Austell, St Blazey and China Clay Regeneration Area Plan.

Development Briefs provide information that can be used as material considerations in the determination of relevant planning applications. Development Briefs approved and under consideration by Cornwall Council are:

Looe Conservation Area Appraisal: Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5 March 2009

Looe Conservation Area Management PlanLooe Heritage Guidance Notes 1 - Shopfronts and SignageNotes 2 - Roofs and Rainwater GoodsNotes 3 - Windows and Doors

March 2009
Whitsand Bay Chalets Guidance for Development Control  Adopted June 1991 (continually reviewed)
Land Affected by Mining and Coastal Erosion (hard copies only - contact Planning) Adopted September 1993
Falmouth Conservation Area Appraisal Part 1Falmouth CAA Part 2Falmouth CAA Part 3Falmouth CAA part 4Falmouth CAA Part 5 and Falmouth CAA Part 6 October 1998
Shop Fronts, Signs and Blinds in Falmouth, Penryn and Truro Conservation Areas January 1997
Chacewater Conservation Character Area Appraisal: Chacewater CAA Part 1Chacewater CAA Part 2Chacewater CAA Part 3Chacewater Management Plan .
Devoran Conservation Character Area Appraisal: Devoran CAA Part 1Devoran CAA Part 2Devoran CAA Part 3Devoran CAA Part 4Devoran Management Plan Endorsed by Cornwall Council April 2010
St Agnes Conservation Character Area Appraisal: St Agnes Appraisal Part 1St Agnes Appraisal Part 2St Agnes Appraisal Part 3St Agnes Sustainability AppraisalNon-Technical Sustainability Appraisal (St Agnes 2008), and St Agnes Consultation Statement. Draft to be revised
Truro Conservation Character Area Appraisal: Truro CAA Part 1Truro CAA Part 2Truro CAA Part 3Surviving Historic Components MapHistoric Development MapConservation Area Evolution Map, Topography Map, Townscape Analysis MapTruro Conservation Area Management Plan Endorsed by Cornwall Council April 2010
Penryn Conservation Area Appraisal: Penryn CAA Part 1Penryn CAA Part 2; Penryn Conservation Area Management Plan: Penryn CAMP Part 1Penryn CAMP Part 2 Endorsed by Cornwall Council April 2010
St Erme Village Design Statement Endorsed by Cornwall Council July 2014

 

Breage Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Strategy Endorsed by Cornwall Council April 2010
Camborne Town Centre Conservation Area Appraisal & Management Plan: Camborne Part 1Camborne Part 2Camborne Part 3 Endorsed by Cornwall Council April 2010
Helston Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Strategy: Helston Part 1Helston Part 2Helston Part 3 Endorsed by Cornwall Council April 2010
Plain-an-Gwarry Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan Endorsed by Cornwall Council April 2010
Porthleven Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Strategy Endorsed by Cornwall Council April 2010
Redruth Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Strategy: Redruth Part 1Redruth Part 2Redruth Part 3, Redruth Part 4Redruth Part 5Redruth Part 6 Endorsed by Cornwall Council April 2010
St Day Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Strategy Endorsed by Cornwall Council April 2010
Tuckingmill and Roskear Conservation Area Appraisal: Tuckingmill Part 1Tuckingmill Part 2Tuckingmill Part 3 Endorsed by Cornwall Council April 2010

 

 

Blisland Conservation Area Statement  - please note - an updated version of this document was endorsed at Committee in 2007 - available in Conservation Area Appraisals below Adopted 1997             
Bodmin Town Conservation Area Character Appraisal Adopted 1999
Camelford Conservation Area Statement - please note - an updated version of this document was endorsed at Committee in 2007 - available in Conservation Area Appraisals below Adopted 1997
Chapel Amble Conservation Area Statement Adopted 1997
Hicks Mill Conservation Area Statement Adopted 1997
Kilkhampton Conservation Area Statement Adopted 1997
Little Petherick Conservation Area Statement Adopted 1997
Luckett Conservation Area Statement Adopted 1997
Marhamchurch Conservation Area Statement Adopted 1997
Padstow Conservation Area Statement Adopted 1994
Polyphant Conservation Area Statement Adopted 1997
St Breock Conservation Area Statement Adopted 1997
St Kew Conservation Area Statement - please note - an updated version of this document was endorsed at Committee in 2008 - available in Conservation Area Appraisals below Adopted 1997
St Teath Conservation Area Statement - please note - an updated version of this document was endorsed at Committee in 2008 - available in Conservation Area Appraisals below Adopted 1997
St Tudy Conservation Area Statement - please note - an updated version of this document was endorsed at Committee in 2008 - available in Conservation Area Appraisals below Adopted 1997
Stoke Climsland Conservation Area Statement Adopted 1997
Treligga Conservation Area Statement Adopted 1997
Week St Mary Conservation Area Statement Adopted 1997

 

Altarnun Conservation Area Appraisal , Management Plan , Townscape Map , and Surviving Historic Fabric Map Endorsed at Committee 2007                 
Blisland Conservation Area Appraisal , Management Plan , Townscape Map , and Surviving Historic Fabric Map Endorsed at Committee 2007
Boscastle Conservation Area Appraisal , Management Plan , Character Area Maps , Historic Development Map , and Townscape Map Endorsed at Committee 2007
Camelford Conservation Area Appraisal , Management Plan , Character Area Maps , Historic Development Map , and Townscape Map Endorsed at Committee 2007
Launceston Conservation Area Character Appraisal , Map 1A , 1B , 1C , 2A , 2B , 2C , 3A , 3B , 3C , 4A , 4B , 4C , and Management Plan Endorsed at Committee 2006
Port Isaac Conservation Area Appraisal , Management Plan , Character Area Maps , Historic Development Map , and Townscape Map Endorsed at Committee 2008
St Kew Conservation Area Appraisal , Management Plan , Townscape Map , and Historic Development Map Endorsed at Committee 2008
St Teath Conservation Area Appraisal , Management Plan , Townscape Map , and Historic Development Map Endorsed at Committee 2008
St Tudy Conservation Area Appraisal , Management Plan , Townscape Map , and Historic Development Map Endorsed at Committee 2008
Bude Conservation Area Appraisal: Part 1Part 2Part 3Bude Conservation Area Management Plan Endorsed by Cornwall Council April 2010
Poughill Conservation Area Appraisal: Part 1Part 2Poughill Conservation Area Management Plan Endorsed by Cornwall Council April 2010
Stratton Conservation Area Appraisal: Stratton - Part 1Stratton -Part 2Stratton - Part 3Stratton Conservation Area Management Plan Townscape Map Historic Development Map Endorsed by Cornwall Council April 2010
Wadebridge Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan:  Wadebridge Part 1Wadebridge Part 2Wadebridge Conservation Area Management PlanFig1: Historical Development MapFig2: Surviving Historic Fabric MapFig3: Townscape Analysis MapFig4: Character Areas Map Endorsed by Cornwall Council March 2013

 

Penwith Shop Fronts Guide  
Penzance Conservation Area Appraisal: Part 1Part 2, Endorsed by Cornwall Council April 2010           
Marazion Conservation Area Appraisal Endorsed by Cornwall Council April 2010
Draft Bojewyan Conservation Area Appraisal: Title and ContentsIntroductionLocation and Landscape SettingHistory and DevelopmentAppraisal of Special InterestPreservation and Enhancement Draft August 2009
Draft Boscaswell Conservation Area Appraisal: Title and ContentsIntroductionLocation and Landscape SettingHistory and DevelopmentAppraisal of Special Interest, Preservation and Enhancement Draft August 2009
Draft Botallack and Truthwall Conservation Area Appraisal: Title and ContentsIntroductionLocation and Landscape SettingHistory and DevelopmentAppraisal of Special InterestPreservation and Enhancement Draft August 2009
Draft Carnyorth Conservation Area Appraisal: Title and ContentsIntroductionLocation and Landscape SettingHistory and DevelopmentAppraisal of Special InterestPreservation and Enhancement Draft August 2009
Draft Nancherrow and Tregeseal Conservation Area Appraisal: Title and ContentsIntroductionLocation and Landscape SettingHistory and DevelopmentAppraisal of Special InterestPreservation and Enhancement Draft August 2009
Draft Pendeen Conservation Area Appraisal: Title and ContentsIntroductionLocation and Landscape SettingHistory and DevelopmentAppraisal of Special InterestPreservation and Enhancement Draft August 2009
Draft Trewellard Conservation Area Appraisal: Title and ContentsIntroductionLocation and Landscape SettingHistory and DevelopmentAppraisal of Special Interest, Preservation and Enhancement Draft August 2009

 

St Columb Major Conservation AreaAppraisal: Part 1Part 2

Endorsed by Cornwall Council April 2010              

Tywardreath Conservation Area Appraisal Endorsed by Cornwall Council April 2010
Polkerris Conservation Area Appraisal Endorsed by Cornwall Council April 2010
Crantock Conservation Area Appraisal Endorsed by Cornwall Council April 2010
Fowey Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan Endorsed by Cornwall Council April 2010
Grampound Conservation Area Appraisal Endorsed by Cornwall Council April 2010
Pentewan Conservation Area Appraisal Endorsed by Cornwall Council April 2010
Luxulyan Valley Conservation Management Plan: ReportIllustrationsGazetteer Part 1Gazetteer Part 2Gazetteer Part 3 July 2013

Charlestown Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan: ReportFig1: Historical Development MapFig2: Townscape Analysis MapFig3: 1842 Tithe Map,

 Fig4: 1880 Historic MapFig5: 1907 Historic MapFig6: 1936 Historic Map

March 2013

St Austell Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan: St Austell Part 1St Austell Part 2St Austell Part 3St Austell Part4Map1Map2Map3Map4Map5Map6Map7Map8Map9Map10Map11Map12

March 2013