Local councils

Role of local councils in planning

The local council protocol provides a flow diagram that sets out how local councils are involved in the application process, however this is only one aspect of their involvement. To find out more, please view our role of local councils in planning page.

The Head of Planning gives permission for you to download (paper or electronically) plans and documents relating to planning applications under Section 47 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You cannot copy the documents for your own use as this will infringe copyright unless you have the permission of the copyright owner (the person that drew the plans or the author of the document)

Since the local elections held in May 2017, Local Council Planning Induction Training events facilitated by the Planning and Sustainable Development Service  have proved extremely popular. The two original sessions held in June in Bodmin and Camborne were heavily oversubscribed.  In response, three additional events were held in venues at Liskeard, Wadebridge and again in Camborne during August. The total number of local councillors trained is 371. 

We have now completed two successful Local Council Conferences for 2017/18, the first held on 28 November 2017 at Chy Trevail, Bodmin and the second at St John’s Hall, Penzance on 27 February 2018. 
There was lively participation by local councillors in workshops on affordable housing, planning policy, design, pre-application and post-decision community engagement, and highway issues. Please keep an eye out for the next three conferences for 2018/19 which are currently at the planning stage, with the first likely to be in September/October 2018. 

Local councils can contact the Service through FLOs for advice and guidance on general planning matters and to help strengthen relationships. If required the FLO is a point of contact for the local council if they are unable to contact the case officer to discuss a planning application. 

The FLO will be able to explain the different types of neighbourhood plans and signpost their designated parishes to any relevant support material/websites and make contact with the Community Network Manager in the area. The Friendly Link Officer will also feedback any enquiries relating to neighbourhood planning to the Neighbourhood Management Board.