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Advertisement of planning applications over the Christmas period
Cornwall and Devon Media have advised that newspaper publication will be limited over the Christmas/New Year period. This is how it will affect the notification of planning applications during this period:
- Applications validated/registered last thing Thursday 11 December (as normal) – will appear 19 December.
- Applications validated/registered between first thing Friday 12 December and last thing Monday 15 December – will appear 26 December.
- Applications validated/registered between first thing Tuesday 16 December and last thing Wednesday 31 December (4.30pm) – will appear 9 January.
- Applications validated/registered from 5 January onwards – will appear 16 January.
Applications that need to be advertised in the newspapers will still be processed through this period, but adjustments will be made to ensure that the specified periods for notification and representations to be received are maintained as usual. Most applications will be unaffected by this adjustment.
Changes to agricultural buildings permitted development rights
The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment and Consequential Provisions ) (England) Order 2014 introduced a number of changes from 6 April 2014 to allow change of use of an agricultural building to a dwelling. However, development is not permitted where the proposed change of use would result in more than 3 dwellings subject to conditions and other criteria. For more information you can view a copy of the permitted development provisions or download a copy of the Prior Notification Application Form.
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Local Plan Latest News...
December 2014:the Local Plan: Strategic Policies document was approved by Cornwall Council for submission to the Secretary of State at Full Council on the 16th December.
November 2014: The Submission Version of the Cornwall Local Plan: Strategic Policies document is going to the Environment, Heritage & Planning Portfolio Advisory Committee on the 14th November, Cabinet on the 19th November and then Full Council on the 16th December 2014. It is anticipated that submission of this document to the Secretary of State will follow shortly after the December meeting.
September 2014: Schedule of Focused Changes to the Local Plan Strategic Policies Draft Submission Version Consultation - has now closed. The intention is to take the Submission Local Plan plus changes through Cabinet and Full Council during November and December 2014.
Empty property loan
Competitive finance to help bring empty properties back into habitable use.
The issue of empty properties and the wasted resource they represent is the subject of increased national and local awareness and action.
Our empty property strategy includes a range of initiatives aimed at addressing the issue, including encouraging advice, access to leasing schemes and financial assistance, and in some cases formal enforcement action (usually as a last resort, for example through the enforced sale or compulsory purchase of properties, where other options have failed).
Many empty properties are likely to be difficult to mortgage through conventional lenders, and it is our aim to provide assistance in those circumstances.
Planning and Regneneration Customer Care Standards
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.
Did you know about the range of services our local authority building control service can provide?
We can work with businesses and householders across Cornwall to help ensure your project runs smoothly and efficiently through the design, approval and construction processes. We also provide free building regulation pre-application advice, if required. Find out why you should choose local authority building control.
Validation checking service
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.