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: Allocations DPD. You can also find paper copies in the Cornwall One Stop Shops/libraries in the main towns (as listed on the consultation webpage and in the front of the document). 

A formal consultation period ran for 6 weeks from 3 October to 5pm on 14 November 2016. Although this consultation period is now closed, there will be a further 6 week public consultation in the Spring 2017. Details will be advertised once dates are confirmed.

Previous consultation on site options for development located at the main towns in Cornwall was set out within the Local Plan consultation in 2012 (referred to at the time as the Core Strategy). This document follows on from that earlier formal consultation. This is a ‘Preferred Options’ consultation, and there will be further opportunity to comment on a subsequent and final (Submission) draft next year. 

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 content of the Town Framework Plans was consulted on within the Local Plan formal consultation in 2012. The Local Plan consultation and preparation of the Framework Plans have informed the content of the Preferred Options Site Allocations 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. The Local Plan is due to be adopted by Cornwall Council this autumn.

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

A: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, are producing Neighbourhood Development Plans and will address growth through the planning policies presented within these. 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.

We will review all of the comments made through the autumn; make amendments to the plan where required and prepare a Submission Stage Allocations Document which will be published for a further 6 week public consultation early next year. An independent Planning Inspector will then review comments on that 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 later in 2017.