Information about Covid19:
Please read our information on how we are supporting residents and businesses, as well as information on affected services.

Cornwall Council’s planning team marks World Town Planning Day by celebrating successes

Cornwall Council’s Planning and Sustainable Development service is celebrating its role in supporting projects to win a hat-trick of prestigious awards. 

It comes as the service marked World Town Planning Day by reflecting on some of its achievements during an unprecedented year.  

Continue reading

World Town Planning Day is celebrated in 30 countries on four continents on November 8 every year and is an opportunity to unite planners and celebrate planning around the globe. 

In a year like no other, the Council’s planning service has continued uninterrupted, with many members of the team shifting to remote working in March and, as England goes through its second national lockdown, continuing to do so. 

In 2020, up until the end of September, the service had received 10,446 planning applications and made decisions on 9,102 of them. 

It had carried out 10,048 site inspections and dealt with 4,553 Building Control amendments, as well as enacting 1,245 enforcement decisions. 

Tim Dwelly, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, said: “Major milestones in what has been a challenging year include opening up a £500,000 pot of money for low-carbon community projects, funded by the Community Infrastructure Levy paid to the Council by house builders. 

“Work has progressed on shaping plans for the Langarth and Pydar Street areas of Truro and the West Carclaze Garden Village scheme at St Austell has started on site. 

“Plans have also been completed for the Hayle and Launceston Growth Areas to make sure that future development in those towns meets the needs of residents.” 

The service has helped secure £12.9million from the Housing Infrastructure Fund for improvements to the A30 Loggans Moor junction at Hayle, which will be key to economic growth in the area. 

The team has supported projects that have won three categories at the LABC South West Building Excellent Awards as the Planning Authority involved – Best Individual New Home for a project at Bude; Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development for Daffodil Fields at Goldsithney and Best Public Service or Educational Building for the new RNLI Penlee Lifeboat Station at Newlyn. 

Louise Wood, Service Director for Planning and Sustainable Development at Cornwall Council, said: “It is great to see projects in Cornwall gaining wider recognition; we know that our services play an important role in delivering good quality development and we strive to work proactively to ensure that innovative projects come to fruition. 

“The project at Goldsithney in particular emphasises our aim for all new developments to be high-quality, affordable and sustainable.” 

Since the onset of the pandemic the service has hosted online briefings on new and proposed planning changes for the Business and Planning Act, New Permitted Development Rights, changes to the Use Classes Order and the Government’s Planning for the Future White Paper. 

Free planning advice had also been given to 21 businesses by the end of September. 

The service marked World Town Planning Day last year by releasing a video promoting the work it does for the residents of Cornwall, which can be found on the Positive Planning webpage.

The website is also home to a story map showing how money that developers are legally obliged to pay to the Council to support community projects and infrastructure when they are given planning permission for a scheme – known as Section 106 funds – is being used to enhance communities around Cornwall with projects such as new play areas.