What's new in Planning

Increase in Statutory Planning Fees

Please note that the Government has increased the statutory planning fees by 20% with effect from 17 January 2018. 

Continue reading

The Planning and Sustainable Development Services Fees and Charges document has been amended to incorporate the new planning application fees. These will apply to all planning applications submitted after 16 January 2018.

Planning application fees will now also be charged for those applications made as a result of the removal of permitted development rights and for a number of new planning application types.

A new interactive map has been created to view areas covered by an Article 4 Direction. Article 4s are used to remove some permitted development rights. The map includes details of each Article 4 and provides a link to a PDF copy of the original Direction. For further details please see Article 4s.

Cornwall Council has produced a Planning Fees and Charges Supplementary Guidance Document, this document is to be read in conjunction with the Fees and Charges Document and provides guidance and clarification with regards to how Cornwall Council interprets the fee regulations.  This document is updated regularly and includes information on calculating floor space, holiday lets, buildings and caravans and caravan sites.

Cornwall Council Building Control is an independent, publicly accountable organisation who are part of the national LABC network.

We are a helpful and experienced team of surveyors including specialists in the Fire Risk Assessments and Thermal Energy Assessments with unrivalled local knowledge.

With trusted technical expertise we will guide you through the process of obtaining approcal right through to a robust programme of site inspections. We are committed to maintaining the highest standards in the design, approval and construction of buildings no matter how big or small.

To find out why you should choose local authority building control, and keep up-to-date with the latest Building Control news and products please visit Building Control. 

Our Community and Environmental Protection team provides internal consultee responses to planning applications where pollution risks require consideration. Depending upon the situation, this might include air quality, land contamination, noise, and sometimes, even odour - all of which can have significant impacts upon our health, and the environment, and are important considerations when delivering sustainable development.

This is reflected in the Cornwall Local Plan (particularly Policy 16) which seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of Cornwall's communities.

To assist developers and other stakeholders an Environmental Protection - Planning Guidance webpage has been created to provide a single location for useful guidance, standards, and other services offered. The technical nature of considering some forms of pollution can sometimes mean that decisions such as whether to undertake an assessment, the type of assessment to be carried out, and how to approach any issues identified that are not straightforward. This information, and the additional services offered, therefore, has the objective of helping applications to 'get it right first time'.

A Positive Planning webpage has been created to showcase recently completed and successful small scale residential and commercial developments.

If you have any examples that you would like included, please forward the relevant details to the Customer Relations team on: egdcustomerrelations@cornwall.gov.uk

The new quarterly Planning Newsletter is now available:

Cornwall Council's new 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.

The service has now put together a set of customer care standards for the services it delivers. We are committed to achieving the targets that we have set out in the Planning and Regeneration Service Customer Care Standards document.

The planning and regeneration service now provides an optional validation checking service for the submission of planning applications. This service can help to provide the speedy registration of your planning application. More details can be found via the following link: validation checking service.