What's new in planning

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


All officers are now working remotely and are available by email. Not all officers are equipped with mobile phones. However, they are able to access answerphone messages remotely. They will get back to you as soon as they are able. 

New guidance on First Homes

The Government launched a new affordable housing product in May 2021: First Homes. These are essentially discount sale homes which are sold with:

  • a minimum discount of 30% and
  • a first sale price of no more than £250,000.

They are sold to a person who meets the First Homes eligibility criteria.  You can find out more on our interim Chief Officer Advice Note using this link: Planning Policy Guidance.

Quarterly Planning newsletter published

Our latest Planning News for Local Councils and Agents (May 2021) is now available on our Planning News page.  

Our next planning newsletter is due at the end of July/early August.

Temporary pause on 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 and related advice from Natural England
  • 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:

Free planning advice for businesses

Our next free advice sessions for businesses recovering from Covid will be in September.  You will be able to find more information on the Covid impact on planning processes page.

Updated Class Q guidance

Please note we have updated our guidance.  The Class Q guidance note (April 2021) and other technical notes can be found on the Planning Technical Updates page.

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