Climate Emergency Development Plan Document (DPD)

The Climate Emergency Development Plan Document was formally adopted on 21 February 2023. It adds to the Cornwall Local plan's Strategic Policies as part of a positive and flexible planning policy framework for Cornwall up to 2030. These policies will help us to act on climate change.

The Adoption Statement and background documents are available to download below: 

Copies of the documents are available to view; Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm at New County Hall, Treyew Road, Truro, TR1 3AY

As part of the adoption process, any person aggrieved by the Cornwall Local Plan, may make an application to the High Court under Section 113 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 on the grounds that the plan is not within the appropriate power and/or a procedural requirement has not been complied with. Any such application must be made promptly, and in any event, no later than the 13th of April 2023 (6 weeks after the date of adoption specified above).

If you have any questions, please email:
Or write to: 

Climate Emergency DPD Team
Cornwall Council
New County Hall
Treyew Road,
TR1 3AY 

About the Climate Emergency DPD

Cornwall declared a climate emergency in 2019. Recognising that all services across the Council would have a part to play. New planning policies are a step towards improving Cornwall’s housing and infrastructure. Helping to plan for a Cornwall that our children and grandchildren can live, work and thrive in.

This plan impacts how places grow and change, whilst sitting alongside Government legislation. The policies will help to protect and shape the future of Cornwall by adding detail to the Cornwall Local Plan (2016). The aim is to address the impacts of climate change with flexible policies that can keep up with changes in technology.


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The policies in the Climate Emergency are now being used in planning decisions. Policies SEC1 (Sustainable Energy and Construction) and G3 (Canopy) apply from 15 June 2023. The validation list will be updated with the new requirements shortly.

Guidance on the CEDPD policies is available at: Policy Guidance Climate Emergency DPD

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