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Local councils

Please be aware that we are experiencing a significant increase in the volume of general planning enquiries and planning enforcement enquiries. Whilst we are aiming to maintain customer service there may be a delay in dealing with enquiries during this period.  However, we are working hard to keep the planning service operating effectively and have changed most of our working practices accordingly.  We are undertaking site visits on a risk assessed basis where virtual means of assessment are not available.  This is to ensure that we comply with the government guidance on social distancing and to protect our staff and our residents.  We have changed our procedures for Planning Committees, site notices, availability of information by hard copy and office availability.  For more details on our revised processes, please see our FAQs Covid-19 impact on planning processes and bear with us at this difficult time. Thank you for your understanding. 

Role of local councils in planning

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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. This is given 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. You can only copy documents if you have the permission of the copyright owner. (This may be the person that drew the plans or the author of the document)

Since the local elections held in May 2017 we have held Local Council Planning Induction Training events. These were facilitated by the Planning and Sustainable Development Service. They 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 August. These were held in Liskeard, Wadebridge and again in Camborne. The total number of local councillors trained is 371. 

Following the successful Local Council Planning conferences held at the end of 2019, the training material and presentations are available for local councils' use on the Information for Parish and Town Councils webpage.

Preparations for the next round of conferences later in 2020 have already commenced. Invitations will be sent out to all local councils closer to the events.