Climate Emergency Development Plan Document (DPD)

The Climate Emergency DPD Examination in Public

Cornwall Council submitted the Climate Emergency DPD for independent examination in November 2021. Necessary under (Town and Country Planning) (Local Development) (England) Regulations 2012).

Planning Inspector: P Griffiths BSc (Hons) BArch IHBC acted on behalf of the Secretary of State. He held a series of public hearings between 21 and 24 June 2022. Those who proposed changes under Regulation 19 were able to discuss them at the hearings.

The Inspector considered the soundness of the plan against paragraph 35 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). He also considered if the plan met duty to co-operate, legal and procedural requirements.

The Council proposed modifications to the plan in document SD02.3. Consultation on this stage of the process was between Monday 25 July and Monday 5 September 2022.

A copy of the plan SD01.2 - CEDPD draft master with edits shows the proposed changes in context. The following documents have been updated to reflect the Schedule of changes:

Following consultation the Council has issued an updated SD02.4 - Schedule of modifications. The Inspector has recommended that this is published for information. This is not a formal process of consultation.

If you would like to discuss this document you can contact the team by emailing:

by writing to:
Climate Emergency DPD Team
Cornwall Council
New County Hall
Treyew Road,

About the Climate Emergency DPD

Cornwall declared a climate emergency in 2019. All services across the Council have a part to play. Planning is an important part of the solution to improve housing and infrastructure. Making sure that our children and grandchildren have a Cornwall to live, work and thrive in.

These Planning Policies impact the way that places grow and change. They will help to protect and shape the future of Cornwall. They add detail to the Cornwall Local Plan (2016). They aim to help address climate change, by expanding on and replacing some Local Plan policies. The aim is to address the impacts of climate change, sitting alongside Government legislation.

These policies make development more sustainable. They remain flexible to keep up with changes in technology.

You can view and download the submission documents from the links below.

Planning for a Carbon Neutral Cornwall

What planning can do to help

Planning policies affect buildings or changes to the landscape. The Government sets national planning policy. It also set Building Regulations and other legislation that we must consider. We are not always able to make our local rules stricter. Planning follows a long and often-complicated legal process. It uses language that sometimes means very little to anyone but planners or lawyers! But this is to make sure that rules are legal and enforceable (or sound in planning terms). The Climate Emergency DPD encourages better development, that uses less energy. Developing buildings that survive future climate change and that help protect the planet.

We asked at early scoping if the themes we were considering were right, and the majority agreed. When considering the areas planning policy can impact our themes have remained constant.

We received many great ideas and suggestions but not all under planning control. We have shared all this feedback with our colleagues across the council. This DPD is one of many Cornwall Council projects to help address Climate Change.


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