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Climate change development plan document (DPD): first scoping document published for consultation and public requested to give their views

Residents can now have their say on proposed new planning rules to help Cornwall tackle climate change.  

The  Climate Change Development Plan Document, or DPD, will outline Cornwall Council’s vision to protect the environment by introducing new planning policies and strengthening existing rules to support Cornwall Council’s ambitious aim to become carbon neutral by 2030.  

Because of the need to stay at home in response to the Coronavirus, residents and other stakeholders can view the proposals online and give their views and suggestions by email from now until 26 May. This first round of consultation will be held predominately online, and there will be no face-to-face public events or exhibitions during the current health emergency.  If anyone cannot view the document online, paper copies can be provided. 

There will also be online events and question and answer sessions on the new DPD via Skype. Further details on the webcasts will follow.  

Climate Change DPD policies are being considered to support:   

  • Green energy: This could mean allocating areas for renewable energy, safeguarding renewable energy sources, and promoting energy storage solutions to ensure renewable power generated in Cornwall can be used here.   
  • Enhancing the environment: Using nature to reduce Cornwall’s carbon footprint, protecting and increasing biodiversity and planting more trees and hedges, for example through the 8,000-hectare Forest for Cornwall programme.   
  • More efficient housing: Building homes with alternative, renewable energy sources, improving building standards and retrofitting Cornwall Council housing to make homes warmer and greener.  
  • Greener travel: Looking at ways to reduce the need to travel by designing places that encourage walking and cycling.  
  • Community resilience: Increasing resilience to coastal change and flooding, making sure buildings are in safe locations and creating natural flood management systems.   

Like the Local Plan, this DPD will in due course become a statutory planning document supporting and strengthening the policies that have already been adopted, to protect the environment.  

All suggestions and feedback received during the consultation will be considered but not all ideas can be included in planning policy.   

There will be further chances to comment this year before the final policies are decided and submitted to a Government planning inspector for formal examination next year.   

Public consultation on the Climate Change Development Plan Document ran until 26 May.  A further consultation on the next phase will take place later in the year.

To give views on the Climate Change DPD or for further information go to:

Cornwall Council’s website  page for climate change

or email :

or call 0300 1234 151. 



April 2020

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