Cornwall Local Plan

Adoption of the Cornwall Local Plan

The Cornwall Local Plan covers the whole of Cornwall.  

The Cornwall Local Plan was formally adopted on 22nd November 2016. It provides a positive and flexible overarching planning policy framework for Cornwall for the period up to 2030.

The plan was submitted to the Secretary of State in February 2015 for examination and the inspector’s report was published in September 2016. The Inspector’s recommended main modifications have been included in the adopted plan.

The Cornwall Local Plan replaces a number of policies from the Local plans of the former District and Borough Councils and the Minerals and Waste Plans of the former County Council.

The Adoption Statement, Adopted Local Plan and associated background documents are available to download below:

The Cornwall Council Habitats Regulations assessment which includes:

Examination and Evidence Base

Documentation relating to this can be found under the Examination pages for the Local Plan. 

What is a Local Plan and why do we need one?

The Local Plan for Cornwall will set out a vision for growth and identify the quantity and broad location and key sites, for new housing, community facilities, shops and employment. Its policies will be the basis for planning decisions. The video below shows Councillor Hannaford, Portfolio Holder for Planning, explaining what the Local Plan is.

Other Cornwall Local Plan Documents

Other documents being developed within the Cornwall Local Plan include the:

Local Plan History

There have been five previous Cornwall Local Plan: Strategic Policies (previously Core Strategy) consultations that have helped inform the current working version, and one session of Examination Hearings. Detailed information on each can be accessed by following the links below:

  • Cornwall Local Plan Submission Documents and Examination Hearings;
  • Schedule of Focused Changes to the Cornwall Local Plan: Strategic Policies The changes comprise one additional policy plus some changes to policies and their supporting text. In addition the saved policies/maps and other details that were referred to in the Proposed Submission Draft March 2014 were consulted upon for completeness.
  • Cornwall Local Plan: Strategic Policies Proposed Submission: set out the Council's revised planning strategy in terms of strategic policies and policy messages for places in Cornwall. Consultation on this version ran between the 17 March and 28 April 2014.
  • Cornwall Local Plan: Strategic Policies Pre Submission: set out the Council's planning strategy in terms of strategic policies and policy messages for places in Cornwall. This was the 'Regulation 19' stage. Consultation on this version ran between the 11 March and 22 April 2013.
  • Our Preferred Approach for a Core Strategy and Options and Preferred Options for Minerals, Energy and Waste:  'Our Preferred Approach for a Core Strategy' outlined the preferred approach for the 20 year planning strategy ‘Planning Future Cornwall’ and how it would help deliver the vision of Future Cornwall. This version was based on responses to the Options Report from key stakeholders and the local community and updated evidence base work. Our Options and Preferred Options for Minerals, Energy and Waste were also consulted on during this period. This document set out detailed options for how we propose to support renewable energies, maximise the opportunities for our natural mineral deposits and manage our waste. The consultation on this version ran from 9 January to 2 March 2012.
  • Core Strategy Options Report: Consultation on the initial options for the Core Strategy ran from Monday 7 February to Thursday 28 April 2011. The document was in two parts: the Core Strategy Options Paper focused on two main questions: ‘How Much?’ and ‘Where?’ whilst the Area Based Discussion Papers explained what these options for growth levels and distribution would mean for each of Cornwall’s 19 Community Network Areas.