This story has hit the headlines and rightly so. Plans to massively urbanise around Bodmin have gone largely unopposed but the intention to consume the beautiful Halgavor Moor is a bridge too far…

The CPRE, Environmentalists, Bodmin Town Council, the local MP and the Residents are united in their opposition to this blatant destruction.

At this stage there is a planning application PA20/10618 for 540 new houses to be built on West Halgavor Moor. Cornwall CPRE, Natural England and even the Environment Agency, have all sent in objections to this. PLEASE OBJECT AS WELL. This can be done via the Cornwall Council website.

  • This massive project threatens nature across the board. Whilst the allocation of this land for building was deplorable, such safeguards as were built into the allocation need to be properly fulfilled by the developer, to mitigate the brutal treatment being metered out on our wildlife and ecosystem.
  • Our support the Environment Agency’s objection and concerns is based on the lack of sufficient information or adequate answers to the serious environmental consequences of this proposal.
  • There appears to be no adequate plan to responsibly accommodate building houses on this site, much of which is wetland, where elsewhere there are a substantial number of mature trees and Cornish hedgerows.

At an emotional public meeting in Bodmin last year, attended by over 400 people, including the campaign coordinator Christine Howard, Cornwall Council Planners were left in no doubt about the strength of opposition to building on Halgavor Moor.  People departed however with the distinct impression they were simply not being listened to.

CPRE National Chief Executive, Crispin Truman, commented during a recent visit to Cornwall, “There is an absence of grass roots democracy in Planning which needs to be restored”.

Cornwall CPRE Chairman Richard Stubbs commented: “We are being asked to submit to an urban wasteland of unemployment and second homes. This will do nothing for Cornwall except pollute our rivers, increase CO2 emissions and destroy yet more of our natural world, the balance of which is so essential for our well-being.  For the sake of decency and common sense, now is the time for Cornwall Council to listen to the wishes of local people and environmentalists alike.  If not, we will fight this for the months and if necessary, years to come”

‘Wildlife habitat is in catastrophic decline’ –

Chris Packham, BBC Springwatch

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