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A Day in the Life of a Planning Application 

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Cornwall Council have a fully interactive guide called a Day in the life of a Planning Application. This takes you step by step through the entire planning process. From your initial development idea through to the completion of development.

The Cornwall Planning Partnership is a group of people consisting of:

  • Councillors and Clerks of various Towns and Parish Councils from across Cornwall
  • Sarah Mason from the Cornwall Association of Local Councils (CALC)
  • Tim Dwelly CC - Cornwall Council’s Culture, Economy and Planning Portfolio Holder
  • key officers from the Planning and Sustainable Development Service.

The current local council members of the group are:

  • Linda Coles - Clerk to Dobwalls/Trewidland, St Mabyn, St Dominic
  • John Hesketh - Clerk to Menheniot
  • Chris Drake - Clerk to Launceston
  • Cllr Anne-Marie Rance - Hayle
  • Cllr Peter Tisdale - CALC Executive/Mabe
  • Cllr Rita Lait - St Ives
  • Cllr Jinny Clark - St Agnes
  • Cllr Gary Hooper - Treverbyn
  • Cllr Jenny Moore - St Blaise
  • Cllr Mike Roberts - Mevagissey
  • Cllr Mike Thompson - St Austell
  • Cllr Phil Brown - Bodmin
  • Cllr Mark Fox - Saltash
  • Cllr Christine Boswell-Munday - St Minver Lowlands
  • Cllr Nicola Williams - St Endellion
  • Cllr Amanda Pennington - Wadebridge
  • Cllr Jill Ludbrook - St Keverne

The group does not currently have substitutes. Nomination to the group is personal. This is instead of selection of the Local Council who would then make a nomination.

The Partnership has a full work programme. They also attend the current programme of Cornwall Council Member training events.

The Partnership is keen to play an active role in:

  • getting involved with consultations
  • helping to shape policy and guidance for planning in Cornwall

The group work with the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). They have actively contributed to how the CIL monies are distributed in Cornwall. They will also have an important role as part of the future CIL Funding Advisory Panel later this year.

The group is helping shape planning training. They are addressing problems/challenges that are brought to the attention of the group.

The group have produced guidance for local councils. This is for those cases where they feel some form of ongoing communication between developers and the community would be helpful during the construction phase. The guidance sets out some options for local councils. It also includes an example of a condition that could be suggested to the planning case officers.

The Planning Partnership produced an improved guidance note. This is called 'Guiding principles for pre-app discussions'. It links to the 3-way protocol for how Local Councils, agents/developers and Cornwall Council can work together on dealing with pre-app proposals.  The guidance note covers:

  • dealing with approaches and requests for meetings from developers
  • parish-led community engagement
  • specific help regarding concerns over pre-determination. (This may be either at local council meetings or individual discussions)
  • Assessment of harm. The document ‘What is planning harm' can be used by Local Councils. This is a guide to what can and what can’t be considered to constitute harm in planning terms.
  • Local Council (5-day) protocol. Clerks can submit subsequent comments under the 5-day protocol by Consultee Access. This means that both the original and subsequent views of the local council will be publicly available.

Notes from the quarterly meetings are available upon request.  Meetings were held in the last year on: 30 October 2019, 7 January and 14 July 2020.

If you wish to have a copy of the notes from any of these meetings, please email Nic Phillips at

News and updates from the Partnership are also circulated in 'Planning News for Local Councils and Agents'. This quarterly newsletter is available on the Planning News webpage.

Future meeting dates are 14 October 2020 and 13 January 2021.

The Cornwall Planning Partnership is now a well-established communication forum. It is an important part of the process of liaison between the Local Planning Authority and our Local Councils. Should you wish to raise an issue at a forthcoming meeting, please contact Sarah Mason: