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Infrastructure and delivery

Developer contributions fund community projects

Residents can now see where and how communities have benefited from improvements in their local area.  They can see this on the Council's interactive story map.  Improvements range from play parks to affordable housing for local people.  Money collected by the Council from developers help pay for these improvements.

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Building infrastructure is paid for using Section 106 agreements.  This includes affordable housing, road improvements and schools.  When a planning application is submitted, we consider what is needed to make that development work for the local community.  The Section 106 agreement states which contributions are needed and for what sort of infrastructure.

The story map shows what Section 106 money has been received in each parish and the planning application it relates to.  It also sets out how much Section 106 money has been spent in the area and what it has been spent on.

We have been working with Hayle and Launceston Town Councils to prepare Concept Plans. These are for large development sites identified in the Cornwall Site Allocations Document. A series of workshops were held with local councillors and landowners. The concept plans set out how development and important infrastructure in the areas should progress.

Following the first public consultation last year, the plans were amended.  The final public consultation ended on 10 August 2020. The plans will be adopted by Cornwall Council in the Autumn 2020.  They will then inform and assist in determining any planning applications for the development areas.  More information can be found on the pages below: 

Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) is a new concept applied to major planning applications in Cornwall from 1 March 2020.  As the Council issues its very first decisions, it is useful to see what issues have arisen.  As well as what lessons have been learnt.

An application at Launceston Primary School (PA20/02822) is an example of a good outcome.  

A school was proposed on a constrained site. The initial application was submitted without the correct BNG details.  The applicant said that the 10% minimum BNG was impossible to achieve on-site.  They said it would need to be an off-site contribution.  After looking closely at the application:

  • unused spaces were found for nature
  • the applicant upgraded the proposed habitat conditions
  • no functional spaces were lost
  • visual and habitat interest was increased

With the help of charities, families and businesses, we have prepared guidance on Changing Places toilets in Cornwall.  We also offer advice to encourage more of these toilets to be provided.  These are toilets which are needed in addition to standard accessible toilets.  They contain extra space and equipment required by people with multiple and complex needs.  Providing these facilities can make a huge difference as it can help individuals and families be away from home for more than a couple of hours.   Changing Places toilets are now required in appropriate new developments through changes to the Building Regulations.  

We have been delighted to see new Changing Places toilets coming forward. We hope to see many more installed to expand the number of these in Cornwall.