Cornwall Local Plan

Combined Version

This is a version of the emerging Cornwall Local Plan Strategic Policies containing the Main Modifications recommended by the Examiner and further minor modifications proposed by the Council.

Inspectors Report

The Inspector’s Report and Schedule of Major Modifications is now available. 

Latest News

September 2016: Public Consultation on Schedule of Post Hearing Changes to the Draft Local Plan has now concluded. Responses to the consultation are now available to view.  Following the examination in May 2016 a number of proposed changes were made to the document. Consultation on the Schedule of Post Hearing Changes ran between 1 July and 12 August 2016. The Inspector’s Report to Cornwall Council will be published once it is received.

27 May 2016: The Hearings for the Cornwall Local Plan Examination in Public have now concluded. By mid-June, the Inspector will confirm to the Council what further changes need to be the subject to further public consultation. (Correction made to previous headline item).**

April 2016: the scoping consultation on the proposed content of the Gypsy and Travelling Communities Site Allocations Development Plan Document has now closed. Responses and recommendations were considered by the Planning Portfolio Advisory Committee on 13 September 2016.

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

The Local Plan for Cornwall should set out a vision for growth and identify the quantity and broad location and key sites, for new housing, community facilities, shops and employment. It’s policies will be the basis for planning decisions. If we don’t have a Local Plan, development will still happen, but decisions will be taken in regard to the National Planning Policy Framework without local people having a say on setting local policies. The Local Plan is comprised of a suite of documents as set out below. The video below shows Councillor Hannaford explaining what the Local Plan is.

Cornwall Local Plan Strategic Policies

The Strategic Policies document will establish the context for future growth and development within Cornwall and will set the framework for all subsequent development plan documents in the Local Plan.

Other Cornwall Local Plan Documents

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

Find out the latest news on the public consultation and view the proposed timeline for the Cornwall Local Plan 



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The sustainability appraisal shows how the potential social, environmental and economic effects of a plan are considered during writing of the Local Plan.
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Place based plans are used to set out an overall vision for a specific area and provide a framework for future development.
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Cornwall Council is required to prepare a local development scheme.  Find out about the history and current position of the scheme.
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