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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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A new Planning, Building Control and Land Charges Fees and Charges document has been adopted from 1 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.

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.

July 2014: Local Plan Strategic Policies Draft Submission Version: is beginning its journey through Cornwall Council's Committee structure - starting with the Environment, Heritage and Planning Portfolio Advisory Committee on the 24th July 2014.

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

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

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.

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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