Cornwall Council uses a scheme of delegation. This document states the range of decisions that designated (named) planning officers can make on behalf of the Council.
It gives officers the permission to use delegated powers. This means most applications do not need to be referred to a Planning Committee.
The planning case officer:
- considers the application and
- sets out recommendations and reasons in a report or case notes.
These may be checked by another officer before a decision is agreed and issued.
The majority of applications are dealt with under delegated powers.
We aim to determine at least 95% of applications this way.
There are protocols in place for both local Members and local councils.
These provide an opportunity to influence the outcome of the application process. Officers will consider issues raised by local Members and local councils.
Cornwall has been divided into three areas. Each area has a Planning Committee. The Area Committees deal with applications referred to them and are:
- Central sub area planning committee
- East sub area planning committee
- West sub area planning committee
Applications are reported to the area Planning Committee in line with the Constitution.
Applications will be dealt with under delegated powers unless:
- a local Member requests in writing for a major or minor application to be considered by committee and states sound:
- policy and
- other area reasons why Committee consideration is needed.
- they are major or minor applications relating to the Council's own land or development, or submitted by an elected Member or senior officer of the Council where:
- sustainable planning objections have been received and
- the application is being recommended for approval (delegation is still permitted if the application is recommended for refusal).
- if approved, it would be a significant departure from approved policies (such applications may still be delegated for either approval or refusal).
A close relation is defined as:
A senior officer in Planning is defined as all officers of team leader and above in Development Management. If another officer asks for Committee determination, it must be agreed by the Head of Service.
The Strategic Planning Committee tend to deal with applications of countywide importance such as:
- large scale developments of about 300 dwellings (or 4 hectares) on unallocated sites
- commercial developments of 10,000 sqm (or 2 hectares) including for energy production and major road schemes of more than 3 miles
- strategic developments identified by the Service Director for Planning and Sustainable Development (or representative) in consultation with the Chair and Vice-Chair of the relevant Sub Area Planning Committee.
Officers may determine applications under delegated authority in all cases unless it is called to Committee by the relevant local Member.
Planning Committee meetings are taking place in person. Presenting officers and speakers are encouraged to join remotely.
You can find information on how committees run on the webcasts page.
The Council will advertise details of the applications going to Committee on its website.
The meeting date will be recorded on the online planning register:
- enter the application reference
- see Important Dates
- can be viewed on the appropriate Committee page
- are published at least five working days before the meeting.
Meetings are open to the public. Interested parties:
- can speak about specific applications
- must register to speak first.