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Increase in Planning discretionary fees

With the exception of statutory charges for Planning applications, fees and charges for Planning and Enterprise discretionary services have increased from the 1st April 2016.


Land Charges fees will also increase from 4 July 2016.

Here are some planning questions and answers which came from Community Network Areas in Cornwall.

1. Please can you provide information on how to sign up for email alerts for planning applications?

  • Open the Cornwall Council Website – www.cornwall.gov.uk
  • In the top right hand side is an option to register
  • Follow the instructions and wait for the confirmation email to verify your account
  • Log onto your account and access the planning on-line register
  • Make a search for your required area – be that along your road or for the entire parish (advanced search options) please note that if your post code is for example TR1 1CC and you enter this as a search it will only show the properties with this post code however if you leave off the last letter it will cover a much broader area.
  • Once you have made your search you will be given an option to save your search and to receive updates – if you check this box you should receive notifications when new applications come in within your search criteria.

2. Where is the existing Local Council Protocol?

3. Please can you provide a succinct explanation of what 5 year land supply means to be supplied to all networks area?

  • The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) - Councils need to ensure that their Local Plans meet the ‘full, objectively assessed needs for market and affordable housing in the housing market area’, identifying and updating annually a supply of deliverable sites sufficient to provide 5 years worth of housing with an additional buffer of 5% to ensure choice and competition. Where there is a persistent record of under delivery (which is not defined in more detail) an additional 20% buffer is required.  Beyond 5 years the NPPF requires Local Authorities to ‘identify specific, developable sites or broad locations for growth, for 6-10 years and, where possible, for years 11-15’.

4. Please can you provide a Friendly Link Officer list to Parishes as a reminder?

5. Please can you send a link to Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY) – Local People and the Planning Process Document?

6. Please can you send link to Local Plan and Neighbourhood Planning pages?

7. Please can you explain to what extent does 'conservation area status' carry any weight?

  • The main purpose of conservation area designation is to acknowledge the special character of an area.  This influences the way in which the council, as the local planning authority, deals with planning applications that may affect the area.  Within conservation areas, permitted development rights are restricted.  This means that applications for planning permission are required for certain types of work that would not normally need consent.  For further information please see the conservation information on the Planning Portal website.

The Renewable Energy 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 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.

The examination of the Cornwall Local Plan resumes on Monday 16th May 2016

April 2016: a scoping consultation on the proposed content of the Gypsy and Travelling Communities Site Allocations Development Plan Document is currently underway until the 6th June 2016.

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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