What's new in planning

Please read our information on how we are supporting residents and businesses, as well as information on affected services.


Neighbourhood Planning ebulletin relaunched

We have published our January 2022 ebulletin on our Planning News webpage.  It contains:

  • the latest position with neighbourhood planning activity in Cornwall
  • help and guidance for groups preparing their own neighbourhood development plans.

Quarterly Planning newsletter published

Our latest Planning News for Local Councils and Agents January 2022 is now available on our Planning News page.  

Our next planning newsletter is due at the end of April 2022.

Cornwall Design Guide December 2021

We published our Cornwall Design Guide in December last year.  The guide aims to support the Cornwall Local Plan. It provides a guide to delivering high quality places to live for Cornwall. The new Design Guide refreshes the current guide to boost design quality.

 West Penwith International Dark Sky Park

The West Penwith section of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is an International Dark Sky Park.  This is a new material consideration when deciding planning applications.  We will add a planning condition where relevant to limit light pollution from associated external lighting. 

You can find guidance on lighting in the emerging Cornwall Design Guide.  Our Neighbourhood Planning Toolkit also contains advice for community groups.

Development in the River Camel Special Area of Conservation

Please note there is a significant issue about:

  • the levels of phosphate entering the River Camel
  • the impact of this on development and some planning applications in the river's catchment area.

You can find more information and latest news on our new webpage:

Phosphate calculator

Our phosphate calculator is now live on our Nutrient neutrality in Cornwall page.  It contains:

  • the calculator and tutorial video
  • mapping layer with waste water treatment works
  • next steps and how to take your proposal forward.

You can find updates on validation requirements on our Validation updates webpage.

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