Climate Emergency Development Plan Document

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Climate Emergency Development Plan Document


Submission of the Climate Emergency Development Plan Document to the Secretary of State.

Under the Town and Country Planning (Local Development) (England) Regulations 2012

On 8th November 2021 Cornwall Council submitted the Climate Emergency Development Plan Document for independent examination.

The Document will now undergo an independent examination, conducted by the Planning Inspectorate. There is no set time for this process. It will continue until the Planning Inspector’s Report is complete.

The appointed Inspector will now set out the examination process.  A schedule for this will be available when this has been set.

The submission Documents are available to view or download here:

Submission Documents

Supporting evidence documents will be added to this page shortly.

What is the document all about?

Cornwall declared a climate emergency in 2019. Our aim is to become carbon neutral by 2030. This needs the combined effort of the Council and everyone else in Cornwall. Businesses, residents and visitors all need to act to help make this huge step. 

We continue to call on Westminster to give us powers and funding to help deliver our ambitions. 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 on the way that places grow and change. They will help to protect and shape the future of Cornwall. The policies in the Cornwall Local Plan (CLP) do not do enough to protect against climate change. The Climate Emergency DPD replaces and introduces some policies. All aimed at protecting our environment, whilst sitting alongside Government legislation. 

The policies make development more sustainable. We have gathered evidence from experts and stakeholders throughout the DPD process. This evidence helped us to identify the right policies. Our aim is that they are flexible, allowing us to keep up with changes in technology. Supporting information will give advice on how to interpret each policy. 

Planning for a Carbon Neutral Cornwall

What can planning 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 Development Plan Document 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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