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The future of Planning Committees

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

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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.

The Applications Team are currently looking for case studies of recently completed successful small scale residential and commercial developments. If you would like to have yours featured here please forward the relevant details to the Customer Relations team via the email address provided on this page.

Small Scale Rural Housing Scheme for Local People

Planning officers comments:

“This was a small scheme on the edge of Bangors submitted by Cornwall Rural Housing Association.  As a rural exception site, it was supported by policy as a scheme which provided 100% affordable housing.  Some ecological concerns raised with the application were addressed by detailed survey work and a subsequent planning condition.  Following the original planning consent, some minor changes were needed to the estate road which were considered under an expedited application procedure meaning there was no undue delay in delivering the scheme.  Some matters of detail which could not be addressed with the original application were agreed later using planning conditions, once again reducing any possible delay.”

Planning Applicants comments:

“Cornwall Rural Housing Association (CRHA) is a locally based charitable housing association, established in 1985 specifically to provide affordable rural homes throughout Cornwall and on the Isles of Scilly.

 The homes at Poundstock were CRHA's 50th development which means it now owns 346 homes across 34 villages and on 4 islands.

 We work closely with parish councils, local communities and housing and planning departments to make sure that we provide the right homes in the right place to meet local needs. For Poundstock this meant the 8 homes consisted of 5 different house types to meet a range of needs.”

Affordable Housing Officers comments:

"This proved to be another very successful scheme. We were able to let all the properties to people from within the local area and provide much needed, quality homes for families in need.”