What's new in planning


Nutrient neutrality in Cornwall

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.

We have updated our web area for phosphates.  You can now find all our nutrient neutrality information from the Nutrient Neutrality in Cornwall 'home' page.

We will update the Cornwall Council phosphate calculator shortly.  Applicants may then need to rerun their phosphate budget calculations.  Until advised otherwise, please continue to use the Cornwall Council calculator.

Common Invalid Reasons

Planning receive a high number of applications which are invalid on receipt.  Following a review of these invalid reasons please see our common invalid reasons for guidance.  We hope this will: 

  • Increase the number of applications submitted right first time
  • Reduce validation times
  • Provide guidance on common issues
  • Aid with quality checks prior to submission

Planning news - Autumn 2022

We have published our Autumn planning newsletters: Planning News for Local Councils and Agents and Neighbourhood Planning ebulletin.  You can find links to these newsletters on our Planning News page. 

Designing in quality from the start

Boost your chances of planning permission as well as kerb appeal by following:

This guidance is a material consideration in determining planning applications.  They support our adopted planning policies as well as the emerging Climate Emergency DPD and Local Transport Plan.  It is a guide to the different stages of design including:

  • context appraisal
  • stakeholder engagement 
  • what officers look for in proposals.

We will also prepare a new Cornwall-wide Design Code and support Neighbourhood Planning Groups in preparing their own design codes in line with the National Model Design Code.  Further links include:

Email any queries to localplan@cornwall.gov.uk

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