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Chief Planner newsletters

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) published the latest latest Chief Planner newsletter on 31 May.

Key points to note include: 

  • Permitted Development Rights (PDR) - The temporary use of land stays at 28 days for Class B, Part 4.  Future consultation on a new PDR to support pop-up camping in Summer 2023.
  • New changes to Building Regulations - changes to the Building Regs will influence housing design.  This could mean an increase in applications to amend planning approvals.
  • Flood and coastal resilience - new guidance by Environment Agency and Town and Country Planning Association
  • Design codes for Schools and Colleges - new guidance from the Department of Education

You can view previous newsletters using this link: Chief Planner letters

CIL Charge review requests

We have received 73 requests for a Regulation 113 review of the CIL charge on approved developments since January 2019.  We allowed 78% of these.  There were 2 common themes:

  • the size of the development changed whilst the application was being determined.  This means that figures provided on CIL Form 1 at the start of the process are incorrect when we calculate CIL after an approval.  Please submit a revised Form 1 if plans change after original submission.
  • existing 'in-use' floorspace is not included in the calculation.  This is often not deducted because it was not correct on Form 1.  Please record existing floorspace correctly on Form 1 and discuss with your case officer if needed.

This means we have to calculate the CIL charge twice, discuss with case officers and agents/developers which all takes extra time. Please remember to use the CIL Form 1 to provide accurate and up to date measurements so we can calculate CIL correctly.

Planning news - Spring 2022

We have published our April Neighbourhood Planning ebulletin and latest Planning News for Local Councils and Agents.  You can find links to these newsletters on our Planning News webpage. 

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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