Impact of Covid19 on planning enforcement


Delays

We have a high number of enquiries at present.  It may take longer to respond.  We may not fully investigate matters where significant harm cannot be shown.  We will let you know what we intend to do.  Your complaint will be triaged.  Our enforcement flowchart sets out the enforcement process. 

The Courts have a backlog of all criminal cases nationally.  This means our cases could be delayed while we wait for Court availability.

Where we may not take action

Temporary camping sites

The Government gives permitted development rights for persons to use land for temporary uses such as camp sites: 

  • for up to 28 days in any calendar year
  • without the need to submit a planning application. 

These rights will not apply in areas where there is an Article 4 Direction.  An Article 4 Direction removes these permitted development rights.

Some small scale camping sites may benefit from permitted development rights.  They must be affiliated to an exempted organisation such as the Caravan and Camping Club.  A site licence is not always required for these.  Other exceptions include:

  • ‘pop up’ sites unless they become more regular or permanent
  • sites used for agricultural work activities
  • other groups or activities such as travelling showmen.

Where planning permission is required a number of factors will apply.  These affect whether planning permission or a site licence is granted and include: 

  • the location of the development
  • is it sustainable
  • impact on the landscape including the impact of any designated areas such as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • highway safety
  • impact on the amenity of neighbouring sites
  • how the site is laid out and
  • whether the number of pitches is appropriate.

Deliveries of essential goods

Planning conditions can limit night time deliveries of goods.  The Government stated on 15 July that LPAs should take a positive approach.  This will make sure planning controls are not a barrier to deliveries.

A Ministerial Statement on 10 December 2021 extended this flexibility to 30 September 2022.  You can find out more using this link: Delivery Supply Chain: Planning Controls.

Extended working hours on construction sites

The Government have allowed longer working hours on construction sites.  The Government's Ministerial Statement on 10 December extends this flexibility to 30 September 2022.  You can find out more using this link: Delivery Supply Chain: Planning Controls

The Government has asked that LPAs take a positive approach.  This will make sure planning controls are not a barrier to working hours on construction sites.

You can find more details and how to apply on our Planning guidance for businesses webpage.

Planning guidance

We have produced planning guidance for temporary pop up campsites.

It is for: 

  • landowners who may wish to take advantage of Permitted Development Rights and operate temporary campsites
  • residents concerned about potential sites.

Please email: 

The Government's planning permission for temporary uses are: 

Central Government grants these 28 day temporary uses through legislation.  Cornwall Council does not have to permit it separately.

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