Planning Policy Guidance


Cornwall Council will use the following documents as material considerations:

Concept Plans

Concept plans are important. They provide more detail on the development of larger sites.  The aim of concept plans is to: 

  • seek to create comprehensive high quality and distinctive new neighbourhoods. These will have appropriate services and facilities for local residents. 
  • aim to raise the quality of development coming forward. We do this by setting out more detail and information relating to larger sites. The Cornwall Site Allocations DPD assigns these sites for development.

The plans will set out the locations for different land uses. These uses include:

  • residential
  • employment space
  • open spaces
  • other community infrastructure

They also set out important pedestrian, cycle and vehicle routes. These enable ease of movement and more sustainable travel. 

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD)

SPD are documents that provide more detailed advice and guidance. They:

  • supplement policies and proposals contained in the Local Plan, and
  • relate to specific topics or issues

National planning policy allows Local Planning Authorities to do this.

Older versions were known as Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG).

Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site SPD

The Cornish Mining World Heritage Site is a designated heritage asset. Development in these areas could affect the site's:

  • Outstanding Universal Value or
  • international significance

This SPD has will help with planning decisions that could affect the World Heritage Site:

Housing SPD

St Austell China Clay Restoration and Tipping Strategy SPD

European Sites SPD

Planning Guidance

Other planning guidance is available, including:

Development Briefs

Development Briefs provide information for use as material considerations. This is in the determination of relevant planning applications. Development Briefs. Those approved and under consideration by Cornwall Council are:

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