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New Planning, Building Control and Land Charges Fee Document

A new Planning, Building Control and Land Charges Fees and Charges document is due to be adopted from May 2014.  Please follow the link for further information.

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order 2013 introduced a number of changes from 30 May 2013 including increases to the size limits for single-storey rear extensions and the associated neighbour consultation scheme.  View our summary of the changes or visit the Planning Portal website for more information.  We also have information on permitted development in general.

From 18 March 2013 - you will need to ring the above number for all general planning enquiries - all local area general planning numbers will no longer be available.

March 2014: a consultation on the Cornwall Local Plan: Strategic Policies Proposed Submission version will run from the 17th March to the 28th April 2014.

January 2014: Affordable Housing SPD: a consultation on the draft document will run between the 31st January and the 14th March 2014.

January 2014: the Local Plan Strategic Policies document has been approved by Full Council for reconsultation on proposed changes in March.

December 2013: the 2012-13 Cornwall Monitoring Report is published.

November 2013 - DPD and SPD Scoping Consultations: a scoping consultation has been released to seek community input into what the Allocations DPD, the Minerals Safeguarding DPD and Renewable Energy SPD should contain. This joint consultation runs until the 20th December 2013.

October 2013 - Strategic Housing Market Needs Assessment (SHMNA) and Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA): the final reports are now avaliable to view on the SHMNA and SHLAA pages.

August 2013 - Gypsy, Travellers and Travelling Communities Strategy: A summary of key point raised in representations made during the recent consultation is now available under 'consultation response'.

July 2013 - Housing Land Availability Update: Cornwall Council has published the results of its 2013 Housing Land Availability Assessment. The assessment takes the form of a report detailing whether or not there is a five year supply of housing land.

July 2013 - Community Infrastructure Levy Update: Representations made during the Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule consultation are now available on our Community Infrastructure Levy page.

May 2013 - Local Plan Update: Representations made during the Local Plan: Strategic Policies Pre Submission Version consultation period are now available on our Representations page.

As part of the simplified planning framework for the Aerohub Enterprise Zone at Newquay Cornwall Airport, Cornwall Council are proposing a Local Development Order.

The order was out for formal consultation between 2 January and 31 January 2013. 

Further information and all consultation documents.

There was a 15% increase to planning application fees in England on 22 November 2012.

Further information can be found on the Planning Portal website, together with a copy of the Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) Regulations 2012.

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.

For further information you can view our Empty property loan leaflet our empty properties page or email emptyhomes@cornwall.gov.uk.

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.

Cornwall Council’s Planning and Regeneration Service invited a Local Government Association (LGA) Planning Peer Challenge Team to visit and assess what the department does well and where it can improve. The peer challenge team was made up of planning professionals and councillors from other local authorities. The team spoke to a wide range of stakeholders, partner organisations, members and staff.The Peer Challenge Team’s report details their findings, contains a number of recommendations and identifies a series of strengths and areas for consideration. The Planning and Regeneration Service is using the findings of the report to put together an action plan to work on the recommendations. A conference has already taken place with members to discuss the findings specifically relating to the Council’s Planning Committees to discuss areas of opportunity and improvement.Cornwall Council Planning Peer Challenge Report 

For detailed advice on what is required to submit an application for works to a tree covered by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) or to trees in a Conservation Area. we now have a new guide to help you submit a better application - Tree application submission guide.

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.

Planning Performance Agreements (PPA's) are a framework for local authorities and applicants to agree how development proposals should be managed through the planning process. The planning and regeneration service has updated its approach to managing complex proposals for those who require ongoing advice to which there are a number of benefits. Please select the following link to access the updated planning performance agreement charter.

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.


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