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Cornwall Matters October 2022


This is the very first issue of our new regular newsletter for our members.
With your support, we campaign to promote, enhance and protect the countryside for everyone’s benefit. We promote rural life to ensure the countryside and its communities can thrive and we empower communities to improve and protect their local environment. Through all our work we look at the role of our countryside in tackling the climate emergency, including seeking ways to increase resilience and reduce impact.

Volunteers have been at the heart of our successes. Every volunteer makes a difference to the countryside and coast that we’re so passionate about, and we value their contribution enormously. With your support, we can achieve even more. Visit our website to see how you can become an active volunteer.

As always, we are making a big effort to get new members to join us – please spread the word among your friends, family and neighbours. If you would like a copy of this newsletter sent to anyone who is not a member yet, please just let us know.

If you are interested in wildlife, do come along to one of our wildlife talks and walks, and meet some like-minded people.

The next issue will be in December and will announce the launch of our new website as well as giving details about the 2023 AGM.

   ❤️And a big THANK YOU for your support – we very much appreciate the on-going commitment of our members as we seek to protect rural Cornwall and support sustainable development to meet local needs.
 Breage campsite appeal dismissed. Photo Credit David Morgan

Last-ditch appeal refused – CPRE Cornwall congratulates villagers for successfully defending Breage’s Mining Heritage site
The CPRE Cornwall has congratulated campaigners in Breage, near Helston, for successfully protecting precious green space at the centre of the village from being destroyed by development and inappropriate commercial use.
For many years, the residents of Breage have been battling to preserve fields that are in a Conservation Area and have protected status as a UNESCO World Mining Heritage site. There’s been sustained local opposition to two fields, close to the village’s magnificent 15th-century church, from being used as a summer campsite – bringing serious disruption and anti-social behaviour into the heart of the village. This inappropriate commercial use has threatened the survival of the Post Office & Stores because access for customers and deliveries was blocked by campers’ parking. 
Following a site visit earlier this month, the Planning Inspectorate has refused an appeal by Cherry Mason’s Fruit Farm against an enforcement notice issued by Cornwall County Council in March 2021. Villagers in Breage are delighted at the outcome. Following the decision, a spokesperson for the campaigners said:
This is extremely welcome news for Breage village. For many, many years we have been trying to protect a very special feature from being destroyed by development and inappropriate commercial use.

Rame Head Appeal Dismissed Photo credit Rame Protection Group

The fate of PA20/03747
After being rejected by Cornwall Council in July 2021, the PA20/03747 Rame Head planning application was referred to the Planning Inspectorate. In his decision of 29 September 2022 Planning Inspector Benjamin Webb dismissed the appeal. 

The Inspector’s reasoning focused on the:- unacceptable effect on the open landscape of the AONB and the ‘sense of remoteness and tranquility’. This harm would not be ‘publicly beneficial’. – failure to meet the criteria of Policy 23 which sets out that any proposals allowed within an AONB must conserve and enhance landscape character and natural beauty. Policy 7, which does allow for some development in the countryside, does not override or outweigh Policy 23. Emphasis was also given to the proximity of Church of St Germanus at Rame and St Michael’s Chapel, and to the link between the two.  

Meudon Hotel Planning Application Refused

Controversial plans by a luxury hotel to build ten holiday homes in a wooded valley have been refused. Hotel Meudon, in Mawnan Smith near Falmouth attracted the ire of local residents when it unveiled its expansion plans back in February this year. The hotel, owned by Kingfisher Resorts, which purchased the property in 2020, said it needed to build the holiday homes to survive economically. The original proposal included the new holiday homes which would have been erected in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), as well as a new outdoor heated swimming pool with changing facilities, a treatment spa and casual dining restaurant, infrastructure improvements and landscaping. The proposal received more than 180 objections and fewer than 10 comments in favour. Most objections raised concerns over the future of the AONB and the effect the development might have on the landscape. 

Planning

This is a list of successful or work-in-progress cases that Cornwall CPRE has been directly involved with recently. These are where a planning application appeared to be a significant threat to the countryside or rural communities, including landscapes, wildlife habitat, coasts and woodland. This will have involved one or more of the following:  Making site visits, submitting a formal objection, providing evidence to appeal tribunals and generating publicity for the press, TV, radio and the social media.

PA21/09018 Old Carnon Hill, Carnon Downs. 5 open market dwellings. Refused

PA20/09716 Halsetown, St Ives. 80 bed hotel, 63 holiday villas, a community hub, landscaping. Refused

PA21/00038 Gillyflower Farm, Lostwithiel. New Centre for the Teaching and Learning of Agronomy. Refused

PA22/06380 Burthallan Lane, St Ives. Metal roof of main barn, one bedroom cottage roof, shed roof. Refused.

PA21/03460 Chywoone Hill, Newlyn. 29 affordable dwellings. Refused

PA20/05166 Allens Meadow, Probus. 17 dwellings, 2 office spaces, store. Withdrawn

APP/3284828 Carbis Bay Hotel. 3 pods. Appeal against enforcement. Dismissed

PA20/10618 Halgavor Moor. Housing development 540 dwellings. Halted by Natural England

APP/3298232 Breage. Housing development. Appeal against refusal. Awaiting a decision

PA20/10041 Trefresa Farm, Rock, Wadebridge. Boutique hotel, restaurant, cinema, spa, distillery, 9 huts and 13 lodges. Awaiting a decision

PA21/01480 Poundstock, Bude. Crematorium, parking and access. Awaiting a decision

PA21/06771 Land North West Of Polscoe, Fowey. Erection of community convenience retail store, AONB. Awaiting a decision

PA21/07481 Hospital Cross, Helston. Erection of 4 retail/food outlets, access, car parking, servicing yard, landscaping. Awaiting a decision

PA21/12133 Maen Veor, Barn Hill, Cadgwith. Construction of a detached local needs dwelling. Awaiting a decision

PA21/11651 Germoe Cross, Praa Sands. 24 dwellings in AONB. Awaiting a decision
PA22/02389 Gorran Churchtown. 17 dwellings, 09 affordable, road access, parking, open space. Awaiting a decision

PA22/02794 Penhale Camp, Holywell Bay. 9 new dwellings and refurbishment of existing cottages to form 3 dwellings. Awaiting a decision

PA22/03090 Perran Springs Touring Park, Bodmin Road, Goonhavern. Bases for the siting of static caravans, maintenance building, play equipment, conversion of 2 dwellings and 1 extension. Awaiting a decision

PA22/04841601 Carbis Beach Apartments, Carrack Gladden, Carbis Bay. Six new Aparthotel apartments with associated facilities. Awaiting a decision

PA22/02896 Penhale Camp, Holywell Bay Holiday Park, short stay holiday units and associated leisure facilities. Awaiting a decision

PA22/05468 Land North Of Tredavoe, Newlyn. Agricultural access track and extension to existing storage building. Awaiting a decision

PA22/05334  Prow Park Business Village Newquay. Retrospective change of use of land for parking, storage and storage containers. Awaiting a decision

PA22/06562 The Chalet, Boat Cove Lane, Perranuthnoe. Demolition & replacement of existing chalet & associated Works. Withdrawn

PA22/05179 Trewiston Farm Caravan Park, St Minver, Wadebridge. 36 plots for static caravans and the installation of the static caravans. Awaiting a decision

PA22/06771 Land Adjacent to Mount Hope, Old Carnon Hill, Carnon Down. Outline planning permission for development of up to 3 dwellings. Refused

Photo credit David MorganPhoto credit Cornwall AONB

Come and join us for our upcoming special events.
CPRE Cornwall 2022 Events
Monday, 31 October 2022, 1:00pm
Connect with Nature: Nature and Wildlife Walk in Penhale
Fieldtrip Leaders: Rowena Castillo-Nicholls and Rob Nicholls
 
Directions:
Holywell Bay is about 14 miles from Ladock, 25 minutes’ drive. Proceed on the A30 from the east or west. At the Boxheater junction turn north onto the B3285 which is the road to Goonhavern (signposted to Perranporth and Goonhavern). Continue on this road and at Goonhavern turn right onto the A3075. About 2 miles later turn left onto the road for Cubert and Holywell (signposted to Holywell Bay). Follow this road through Cubert to Holywell village. SatNav: Holywell TR8 5PF, SW767586
 
Parking:
Park your car at Holywell Bay car park. It’s a National Trust property. From there, we can walk to Penhale.
 
Meeting Place:
Holywell Bay car park at 12:45pm. Walk starts exactly at 1:00pm.
 
Wildlife in Penhale:
 
Cornish Choughs, national bird of Cornwall and it’s a rare bird. The Chough is afforded the highest degree of legal protection under the Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
 
Butterflies on the Red List:
Endangered:
1. Wall
2. 2. Grayling
Vulnerable:
1. Grizzled Skipper
2. Small Heath
3. Silver-studded Blue
Near Threatened:
1. Dark Green Fritillary
 
Monday, 12 December 2022, 1:00pm
Talk and Presentation via Zoom
Chough Watching in Cornwall by Rowena Castillo-Nicholls
 
In 2001, the Choughs returned naturally to Cornwall. A group of three took up residence on the tip of the Lizard Peninsula.
 
In 2002, the pair of Choughs at the Lizard fledged three youngsters. This was the first in Cornwall for more than 50 years. From that time on, this pair of Choughs have bred successfully each year.
 
This year, 2022, marks the 20th year since the first Cornish born Choughs were seen flying once again on the spectacular rugged Cornish coast and cliffs.
 


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