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. 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. 

We have recently completed three successful Local Council Conferences for 2018/19. The first was held on 4 October at St John’s Hall in Penzance. The second on 11 December at the Council Offices, St Austell. A third conference was held on 28 February at Liskeard Town Hall.  Local councillors participated enthusiastically in workshops on:

  • Neighbourhood Development Plans
  • Community Infrastructure Levy
  • planning committee procedures
  • highways
  • how to make good responses to planning applications
  • planning and health

Preparations for the next round of conferences are about to start. Invitations will be sent out to all local councils in good time.