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. 

European Sites Mitigation Supplementary Planning Document

This document seeks to mitigate likely harm to European protected sites from recreational pressure associated with new development. It was adopted in February 2021.

You will need to make a contribution for all applications for:

  • residential development
  • tourist accommodation beds
  • active elderly accommodation and
  • student accommodation

if they are located within the Zones of Influence of protected sites.  This is a validation requirement.  These sites are:

  • Penhale Dunes Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
  • Fal and Helford SAC
  • Plymouth Sound and Estuaries SAC and Tamar Estuaries Complex Special Protection Area

You can access a map of the areas using this link: Cornwall mapping

You can find out more about the process, including links to forms and templates, using these links:

New way for planning consultations

Cornwall Council is changing how we consult on planning documents. We still encourage online engagement. Our aim is for streamlined and consistent consultations. We will use the Let’s Talk Cornwall consultation platform. We have a new dedicated planning hub for:
  • feedback and
  • consultations.

Each planning document or project is different. But this new platform will ensure consistent consultation on planning related documents and projects. 

The way we consult on planning applications is not changing.

In the past responses to a consultation may have included a report or accompanying documents to provide additional context/evidence. It is important we understand how this information supports your consultation feedback. In future you:
  • can include these as an attachment to your response but
  • must reference them as part of your response.
You will need to provide a summary response to each of the consultation questions. Then if appropriate, please reference the specific evidence that supports your consultation summary response including:
  • Document name
  • Page/paragraph/figure/table number
This helps prevent misinterpretation when we analyse representations. If you submit a response without this, we will contact you and ask you:
  • to provide the details above
  • how this specific evidence supports your consultation feedback.
Please note: We will no longer accept a response such as, “Please see report attached”.

New Chief Planning Officer advice note

Residential uses in town centres

A new Permitted Development Right allows the change of use from commercial to residential use.  We have produced new guidance on how this will work.  It will:

  • explain the new Permitted Development Right
  • explain things to consider for a prior approval application
  • assist with decision making for changes of use planning applications in town centres.

You can find out more information using this link: Planning Policy Guidance.

Quarterly Planning newsletter published

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

Our next planning newsletter is due at the end of October.

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:

Small scale thresholds and nutrient neutrality principles

We have produced new guidelines and updated our local Validation list. You can find more information using this link: Interim guidelines - small scale thresholds and nutrient neutrality principles 

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