Cornwall Local Plan: Strategic Policies

The Cornwall Local Plan: Strategic Policies document (formerly referred to as the Core Strategy) will set out the strategic land use policies to meet Cornwall’s economic, environmental and social needs and aims for the future. This document will set the framework for all subsequent development and supplementary planning documents. This document accords with the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

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The Cornwall Local Plan: Strategic Policies document was submitted to the Secretary of State on Friday 6th February 2015. An Inspector was appointed to examine the Plan and documentation relating to this can be found under the Examination pages. Following the Inspector's Initial Findings the Examination was suspended for further work - and the Council consulted on the 'Proposed Schedule of Further Significant Changes' until the 7th March 2016.

Other more detailed planning documents, including proposals for site allocations around main towns, are also being prepared and we will consult on these in due course.

There have been five previous Cornwall Local Plan: Strategic Policies (previously Core Strategy) consultations that have helped inform the current working version, and one session of Examination Hearings. Detailed information on each can be accessed by following the links below:

  • Cornwall Local Plan Submission Documents and Examination Hearings;
  • Schedule of Focused Changes to the Cornwall Local Plan: Strategic Policies The changes comprise one additional policy plus some changes to policies and their supporting text. In addition the saved policies/maps and other details that were referred to in the Proposed Submission Draft March 2014 were consulted upon for completeness.
  • Cornwall Local Plan: Strategic Policies Proposed Submission: set out the Council's revised planning strategy in terms of strategic policies and policy messages for places in Cornwall. Consultation on this version ran between the 17 March and 28 April 2014.
  • Cornwall Local Plan: Strategic Policies Pre Submission: set out the Council's planning strategy in terms of strategic policies and policy messages for places in Cornwall. This was the 'Regulation 19' stage. Consultation on this version ran between the 11 March and 22 April 2013.
  • Our Preferred Approach for a Core Strategy and Options and Preferred Options for Minerals, Energy and Waste:  'Our Preferred Approach for a Core Strategy' outlined the preferred approach for the 20 year planning strategy ‘Planning Future Cornwall’ and how it would help deliver the vision of Future Cornwall. This version was based on responses to the Options Report from key stakeholders and the local community and updated evidence base work. Our Options and Preferred Options for Minerals, Energy and Waste were also consulted on during this period. This document set out detailed options for how we propose to support renewable energies, maximise the opportunities for our natural mineral deposits and manage our waste. The consultation on this version ran from 9 January to 2 March 2012.
  • Core Strategy Options Report: Consultation on the initial options for the Core Strategy ran from Monday 7 February to Thursday 28 April 2011. The document was in two parts: the Core Strategy Options Paper focused on two main questions: ‘How Much?’ and ‘Where?’ whilst the Area Based Discussion Papers explained what these options for growth levels and distribution would mean for each of Cornwall’s 19 Community Network Areas.