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Renewable Energy Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

The draft Renewable Energy SPD is now available for you to comment on.


The SPD contains 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 sets out guidance on community engagement in renewable energy projects before planning applications are submitted. The SPD also contains detailed guidance on specific considerations, such as landscape and cumulative impact (in particular for wind turbines and solar farms). 

The consultation will be open until Friday 27 March 2015. For details about how to comment please see our Renewable Energy SPD webpage

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.

Let us know what you think of the planning web pages, how easy it is to contact us and how we deal with complaints by taking five minutes to fill in our customer views survey.  Your comments will be kept strictly confidential, with the purpose of helping improve the service we deliver to you.

February 2015: the Local Plan: Strategic Policies document was submitted to the Secretary of State on Friday 6th February 2015. Examination pages have been prepared.

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.

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.

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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