Planning committees

Planning matters are debated and decided by four planning committees.

There are three committees based on areas of Cornwall (West, Central and East) and one strategic committee which covers all of Cornwall, and also deals with large scale and commercial developments.

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Meetings are open to the public and interested parties are allowed to speak regarding specific applications, but you will need to register to speak first.

Watch the videos below to find out more about each committees role.

Councillor Edwina Hannaford asks Councillor Fred Greenslade about the role of the Council's sub area planning committees


Councillor Edwina Hannaford explains the role of Cornwall Council's Strategic Planning Committee


Councillor Edwina Hannaford explains the training and rules that councillors on planning committees have to adhere to.


We would like to seek your views about the future of our Planning Committees.

In 2021 for the new administration of Cornwall Council there will be fewer Councillors, a reduction from 123 to 87, therefore the council is looking at its governance structure and various committees across the organisation.

We would be interested to get your feedback about Planning Committees.

Following early engagement with Cornwall Councillors, a prefered option has been developed which involves 3 Sub-Area Planning Committees

  • East (Bodmin)
  • Central (Truro and St Austell)
  • West (Camborne and Penzance)

meeting once a month, with a total of 11 Members on each Committee. In addition there will be a Strategic Planning Committee, which will sit when necessary and be made up of 11 Members from the other three Sub-Area Committees.

The survey is aimed at Town and Parish Councils, Planning Agents, Applicants, Members of the Public and anyone else who has experienced planning committees.

Complete the Future of Planning Committees survey online

The consultation is open for 12 weeks from 21st February 2019 to 16th May 2019.