Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Allocations DPD?

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The Allocations DPD sits under the Cornwall Local Plan: Strategic Policies document. The Allocations DPD demonstrates how and where housing, employment and retail development, will be delivered in some of Cornwall’s main towns up to the year 2030. It safeguards existing larger employment sites in some areas and it also sets out important infrastructure requirements by town e.g. highways, education and open space. When finalised and adopted by Cornwall Council it will become formal planning policy and used to determine planning applications for development, where relevant.

The document is available to view online on the Allocations DPD page. You can also find paper copies in all the Cornwall One Stop Shops, New County Hall reception and libraries (but not micro libraries). 

This formal consultation period is for 8 weeks starting Monday 12 June and ending at 5pm on Monday 7 August 2017. You can make a comment by completing the online survey or the Representation Form. You can also make a comment by letter or email to: and/or: Planning Strategy, Room 3B, Cornwall Council, Pydar House, Pydar Street, Truro TR1 1XU

This is the Pre-Submission - Regulation 19 version of the document.  At the end of the public consultation on 7 August 2017 the document and comments will be submitted to the Secretary of State. An Examination in Public will then take place which is expected to be in early 2018.  

Documents called Town Framework Plans have been developed for the main towns where Site Allocations are proposed. They were prepared with town, parish and Cornwall Councillors at numerous meetings over the last few years to provide local input and endorsement. The Town Framework Plans were consulted on within the Local Plan formal consultation in 2012. The Local Plan consultation and preparation of the Framework Plans have informed the Site Allocations Document. The Preferred Options Allocations Document was published for formal consultation in October and November 2016, after which it was amended for its final consultation, which is the current document. 

No. The housing (and employment and retail) figures for Cornwall and the main towns are set by the Local Plan which has already been through its examination and has now been adopted by Cornwall Council.

Comments on these aspects are not able to be amended through the Allocations DPD consultation.  This document focuses on how and where the housing or employment should be located. If you disagree with  a particular housing or employment  site, this can be considered as part of this consultation if there are valid reasons.

In preparing the document, Cornwall Council has worked closely with infrastructure providers (South West Water, education, highways etc.) to identify the capacity of local infrastructure and what improvements will be required to ensure that the development proposed can take place. Developments will be required to make a financial contribution to improving the local infrastructure. 

The document includes allocations in 10 towns, and two eco-community sites, in order to meet the housing and employment figure requirements up to the year 2030 that are set by the Cornwall Local Plan. The towns included represent those that are likely to receive higher levels of development. Some smaller towns will receive less development and therefore do not require strategic site allocations. 

Some towns e.g. St Ives, Truro and Liskeard, will address growth through Neighbourhood Development Plans. Other towns e.g. Penzance, Hayle, and Newquay, are preparing Neighbourhood Development Plans that do not allocate sites; in those locations we have worked closely with them to identify site allocations for inclusion in this Allocations DPD.

An independent Planning Inspector will review comments on the Submission Stage document and let Cornwall Council know if the plan is able to be adopted, or what changes may still be required before it can be adopted by Cornwall Council in spring 2018. 

If you wish to suggest a change to the Allocations DPD, you should make it clear what the change relates to e.g. legal compliance, the test of soundness and duty to co-operate.  Your comment should include evidence showing why the plan should be modified and should be as clear and precise as possible.  You should also explain how you think the plan should be modified. 

After this stage, further submissions will only be requested by the Inspector, based on the matters and issues he/she identifies for examination.

If there is a group of people who share a common view, it would be helpful if the group could summit a single representation rather than a number of identical representations.  In such cases the group should indicate how many people it is representing and how the representation has been authorised within the group. 

Legal Compliance

The Inspector will check if the plan meets the legal requirements under national plan making legislation s20(5)(a)

Before making a representation on legal compliance you should first consider:

  • Is the plan included in the current Local Development Scheme (LDS) and have the keys stages been followed?
  • Is the process of community involvement in general accordance with the Local Planning Authority’s (LPA) Statement of Community Involvement?
  • Does the Plan comply with the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.
  • Is there a Sustainability Appraisal Report accompanying the plan?


Soundness is explained in paragraph 182 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).  

For the plan to be deemed sound the Inspector has to be satisfied with a number of key points:

  • Positively prepared
  • Justified
  • Effective
  • Consistent with national policy

If you think the plan is not sound, you must go through the following steps before making your representation.

  • Is the issue with which you are concerned already covered specifically by national planning policy? If so it does need to be included.
  • Is what you’re concerned about covered by any other policies in the Allocations DPD or any other plan?
  • If the policy is not covered elsewhere, in what way is the plan unsound without the policy?
  • If the plan is unsound without the policy, what should the policy say?

Duty to co-operate

The duty to co-operate came into force on 15 November 2011 and any plan submitted for examination after that date will be examined for compliance.  It is a legal test that requires the Local Planning Authority (LPA) to co-operate with other public bodies like the Environment Agency, Highways England and Plymouth City Council, to make sure how they work and the decisions made are effective as possible. It is separate from but related to the test of soundness. The local planning authority will provide evidence of how they have complied with any requirements arising from the duty.