Planning

COVID-19 Planning Information

Planning Applications

The Planning Department will continue to process any planning applications currently with the Council, under delegated authority. We would ask that any correspondence and communication is limited to emails (planning@scilly.gov.uk) at the current time, due to pressure on the Council in terms of the postal service. We may not be able to post out letters straight away and there will be a delay answering any correspondence that arrives by hand or by Royal Mail. For anyone who wants an update on the status of a particular planning application please email us at planning@scilly.gov.uk.

If you wish to submit a new planning application, at present we are able to process only those which are submitted through the Planning Portal or are submitted by some other digital format (such as email). Any application submitted by post may be subject to delays, given the remote-working nature of staff. You should continue to provide all the information necessary as set out in the national planning requirements for submitting a planning application. There may be a delay in reaching a decision where a site visit has not been possible and has been identified as necessary.

We will continue to update the Weekly List with any new applications validated.

Local Plan

For those interested in the latest position on the Local Plan. We would confirm that following the Examination in Public which took place at the end of January 2020, Officers have now submitted the Modified Local Plan to the Planning Inspector for consideration. Any modifications to the plan will be subject to public consultation before he concludes on a final recommendation to this Council, in terms of the soundness and legal compliance of the new Local Plan. Due to the controls in place to limit the spread and effects of Coronavirus, there is likely to be a delay in consulting the public on this modified version of the Local Plan. We will update the Local Plan pages of our website here with any details and timing of public consultation on this.


The planning department is located at: Town Hall, The Parade, St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, TR21 0LW. We are open during normal Council office hours, Monday to Friday.  We can be contacted through the Council's main phone number: 0300 1234 105 or direct to the Planning Office on 01720 424455 

For enquiries, or to arrange to view a physical copy of a current planning application or the Local Plan, please contact us by email: planning@scilly.gov.uk

There is one Planning Officer on the Islands, this is currently Lisa Walton.  An appointment will be required to speak to the Planning Officer, this can be arranged via the email address above, the Council's main phone number above or the Planning Department's direct number 01720 424455.

The Planning Department discharges the Council's statutory planning and related duties and plays a key role in managing competing pressures to allow a viable and sustainable community to thrive on the Isles of Scilly. There is a balance to be struck between protecting our unique environment and allowing sufficient development to house local people and enable the economy to prosper and diversify. The purpose of planning after all is to effectively manage development and the use of land on behalf of the wider interests of the community.

You can find out more about the new Draft Local Plan (2015-2030) or our Current Local Plan (2005) by clicking on the respective links on the left of this page under Local Plan.

You can find out about the Planning Application Process and a list of Current Planning Applications by clicking the links on the left under Planning PermissionIn October 2018 Members of Full Council approved the adoption of an updated Planning Protocol.  This sets out clarification to anyone involved in the planning process as to the standards and conduct of Officers and Members when determining planning applications.  The Planning Protocol 2018 can be viewed by clicking the link below.

The department reports to monthly Full Council Committee Meetings and is responsible for upholding the Isles of Scilly Local Plan, determining planning applications and making decisions that conserve and preserve the AONB and preserve or enhance the conservation area and the important natural and historic environments. As well as directly consulting with the community, there is ongoing dialogue on the islands with local organisations such as the AONB PartnershipDuchy of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust and with national agencies such as the Environment Agency, Historic England and Natural England to ensure that all decisions are fully informed

For the national planning context please visit the Planning Portal. The Planning Portal provides a guide detailing information on all aspects of the planning process. You can submit your planning application online from the Planning Portal website.

The Department of Communities and Local Government have published a Plain English Guide to the Planning System which gives a good overview of the English planning system and how it works.

A list of locally set fees and charges for services offered by the department can be found here. Planning application fees, however, are not set locally but are set nationally by Central Government. The latest planning fees can be found here. Planning Fees increased nationally by 20% on 17th January 2018Information on how to make payments can be found by clicking this link.

Planning Aid

Planning Aid England (PAE) provides free, independent, professional planning advice and support to help individuals and communities engage with the planning system.  This includes online guidance and a limited amount of free email advice which can be accessed via an online enquiry form.  In some circumstances PAE may be able to offer additional bespoke support.  To find out more visit https://www.rtpi.org.uk/planning-aid/.

There is also free advice available at: www.planningaid.co.uk