Casework Archive 2012

Truro Eastern Development

Secretary of State to decide on Truro Eastern District Development
Truro Eastern District Development
See article in 2011 Newsletter

Penzance Harbour

Plans to demolish all the existing buildings along the harbourside, barring the Docker’s Rest Café.

A new terminal building would be constructed approximately where the Meadery buidling is today. Space is shown for visiting yachtman facilties and a new Harbour Master’s office.
North Pier is substantially widened along its whole length.
The Rank Building on the end of North Pier is demolished and replaced by a new freight building and marine engineering workshop.
A covered walk way would be provided along the length of South Pier. This is seen as desirable but not essential given the difficulty making this structure robust enough to survive winter storms and still be acceptable on a ‘listed’ structure.

A New Home for Cornish Archives

A major milestone in the Council’s aspirations to create a new home for its archives and Cornish studies collections was reached on the 30th November with the submission of an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £9.8 million match-funding. The project will transform the derelict Redruth Brewery site and create a state-of-the-art facility to care for and improve access to these internationally important collections. If successful at the round one assessment in April 2013, there will then be an 18 month period to consult researchers, staff, partners and volunteers on the building design, service provision and a Cornwall-wide activities and events programme.

Bodmin Conservation Area Appraisal

 A chance to recognise Foster Hall as an important building worthy of saving exists through the Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan for Bodmin of which is open to public consultation until 1st February 2013.

The existing Conservation Appraisal for Bodmin was undertaken in 2000. Cornwall Council has been reviewing Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans for several towns and villages over the last 5 years in order to keep the documents up to date with current national legislation and guidance.

The document can be viewed at here

Penzance Local Development Order

Cornwall Council announce consultation regarding a Local Development Order for replacement windows and doors in the designated conservation area of Lescudjack and Battlefields, Penzance.  Formal consultation on the design guide and the LDO are expected to start on 28 June with a public consultation event on 6 July. For more see  the website

 Foster Complex

The Cornish Group formally applied to English Heritage for listed status on Foster Hall.  

Read response from English Heritage

National Planning Policy Framework

The revised NPPF document is available at here

Council gives go ahead for new homes and Eastern Park and Ride for Truro  

for more

Truro Eastern District Centre decision to be made

The Strategic Planning Committee will sit on 8 March to decide on the controversial planning application to demolish two houses and develop Newquay Road and Union Hill. The Cornish Buildings Group are against this development and has had dialogue with Duchy of Cornwall representatives. We feel that developing this area of outstanding natural beauty and designs for the new buildings are wholly inappropriate.

 Truro Stadium plans get go ahead

A new stadium for Cornwall looks more likely since the Secretary of State has given apprival for plans to proceed to the detailed stage. The stadium will most likely be sited at Langarth Farm, Threemilestone, Truro.


 to our Council member Dr Jo Mattingly who has been elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. Her election is in recognition of her significant contribution to historic research in the county and her work in museums and with local history organisations.  

 CBG announces its AGM 

 Trelowarren announced as venue for our Annual General Meeting on Saturday 24 March. Sir Ferrrers Vyvyan will lead us on a visit to the eco-buildings on the estate. lunch will be in the Telowarren bistro followed by our Annual General Meeting. Any nominations for Chairman and Council membership should be sent to our secretary (see contact page). 

Looking for the best in Cornish architecture

The Cornish Buildings Group are looking for the best new buildings and restorations of the past year for their annual awards scheme.  

The aim of the group has long been to recognise architects and builders who have shown great innovation and sensitivity in the design of new buildings and conservation or restoration of historic buildings. The annual awards scheme was introduced by the group to help further these aims and, after running for 30 years, can claim some success in improving standards.

Last year’s winner was Kestle Barton, Manaccan, whose restored farm buildings now boast an art gallery and high-quality holiday accommodation. Commendations are also given to worthy projects.

This year’s award scheme is now open for entries and the awards administrator, Joanne Laing is looking forward to receiving requests for entry forms. Although entries usually come from owners and architects, Ms Laing points out that anyone can enter a building with the cooperation of the owner.

Paul Holden, Chairman of the Cornish Buildings Group, said ‘This is a great opportunity to showcase Cornish buildings both old and new. Our aim is to reward buildings that display exceptional standards of excellence. That could be exciting design, good planning practices, sound conservation or, as with last years winner Kestle Barton,  a combination of all three’. 

The closing date is 31 March 2012.

Truro Eastern District Public Meeting

Truro’s Eastern District Centre Public Meeting Last night I attended the public meeting on the planning application for the Eastern District Centre. These plans are for a new park and ride, Waitrose food hall, a Taste of Cornwall food hall and around 100 houses. Before the public meeting the Strategic Planning Committee had a technical meeting outlining these plans. The plans are due to go before this committee on the 15th December. The public meeting was held in the council chambers at County Hall. A quick headcount established at least 200 people in attendance. Out of those 52 people decided to speak on the pro’s and con’s to this application. As with the last public meeting I attended on the stadium the audience this evening was more towards the senior element of society. In fact I would say there was no one from the public who was under 25 (closer to 30 really). Many of the views from those against the planning application were on the harm to the landscape, wrong location, too many supermarkets already in Truro, harm to excisting businesses and highways issues. Out of the people who spoke 33 were against this. The supporters were infavour because of the improving of the traffic congestion; especially for commuters, job creation, better business opportunities which it was claimed would good for Truro’s economy. These points and similar points were made by the 19 people who spoke in support of the application. Interesting in that the RCHT sent an official who was in support of the application. This was backed up with support by SITA. The City Council also made comment, and these comments were not in support of the application. I got the general feeling there were more of the no camp in the chamber than the yes camp. However, is this a correct representation of the general population of the local and wider area? This is always hard to tell as most people seemed not bothered until something comes to their own backyard. I guess that’s planning for you!

Changes to planning requirements for renewable technologies in domestic dwellings

From 1 December 2011, changes to planning legislation mean that some renewable technologies will no longer require planning permission if located on or within domestic dwellings. These include solar PV, stand-alone solar, ground source heat pumps, water source heat pumps, flues to biomass heating systems and air source heat pumps. Some conditions apply, and there may still be instances where planning permission is required. Please note that technologies will still require planning if they are within the curtilage of a listed building, and that listed building consent matters are not affected by these new freedoms.

Concerns raised by English Heritage over cut backs to local authority staffing

IHBC’s website.

Trevarno estate put up for sale

Penzance Harbour scheme management board team chosen

For the latest on PenzanceHarbour follow ‘Friends of’ at also Penzance Seafront Forum to register an interest or support their aims.

Protecting our coast and countryside: How the community can influence planning policy

A public discussion between Cornwall Planners, Politicians and Roseland Community Organisations,

Portscatho Memorial Hall, 7.00pm Tuesday 11 October 2011
The Coalition Government is proposing big changes in planning legislation. One recommendation is that Planning Departments and Planning Officers should in future favour development. At the same time, the Government proposes giving greater powers to local people. Local communities which do not voice their opinions will be presumed to be in favour of development. The intention is to speed up the planning process, build more houses and boost the economy. If these changes go through, what will happen in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, such as the Roseland, where the pressure for more development is intense?

There is an urgent need for a thorough discussion of the Government’s plans. In addition, we need to understand the implications of proposed changes in Cornwall Council’s planning policy and its potential impact on the Roseland. Above all, we need to know the steps our community can take to influence planning policy locally. The Friends of Pendower Beach are hosting a public meeting to discuss all these issues with speakers Matthew Taylor – former MP for Truro and St Austell, now Lord Taylor of Goss Moor;  Phil Mason – Head of Service for Planning & Regeneration, Cornwall Council; David Edmondson – Area Chief Planning Officer, Cornwall Council; June Crosland/Colette Holden – Cornwall AONB Partnership; Michael Calder/Paul Walton – The National Trust; Julian German – our local Cornwall Councillor. Followed by question and answer session

You can download from the Truro Eastern District Centre website a document which, among other things, offers a revealing insight into the thoughts of the developers of the Truro Eastern District Centre.

The numbers of historic environment specialists in local authorities published today shows an accelerating drop at a time when there has been an increase in planning applications for them to manage. Local authorities have a key role in ensuring that the historic environment is protected and valued for the benefit of local people and visitors alike and the loss of expertise will have a direct effect on the places that local communities treasure. The fact that in the past year there has been an overall reduction of 11.9% of historic environment members of staff in England, with a reduction of 13.5% for conservation officers and 8.9% for archaeological officers is therefore of great concern.

Redevelopment of Pendower Beach Hotel, GerransBay.

Visit to see the views of the Friends of Pendower Beach  


Fancy a move to Cornwall? Then two important Cornish houses could be yours. Peregrine Hall near Lostwithiel by George Edmund Street 

and the 15th-century St Benet’s Abbey near Bodmin

Interesting document issued by Cornwall Council ‘The Cornish Building Stone and Slate Guide’ 

Kestle Barton, CBG main award winner 2011, wins Green Apple Award 2011 for The Built Environment and Architectural Heritage.


Carlyon Bay Development


Cornwall councillors have voted unanimously in favour of a major development at Carlyon Bay in St Austell. ‘Restoration work has ‘saved’ buildings

Stoke Climsland and Launceston restorations were recognised at the Cornish Buildings Group Awards in a ceremony at Liskeard’s Stuart House. Pendragon House in Stoke Climsland and LauncestonTown Hall both received special commendations after judges said they displayed the very best in conservation and restoration practice. Paul Holden, chairman of the CBG, said: “The length people go to in restoring old buildings to such high modern standards is heartening and very commendable. “Without a doubt both Pendragon House and LauncestonTown Hall have been saved for future generations to enjoy.” Launceston town clerk Rita Skinner said the council was delighted the judges thought so highly of the work undertaken at the town hall. “We tried hard to conserve the best of the past, while creating a contemporary community venue for Launceston, and the judges, and more importantly the people of Launceston, seem to think we have succeeded,” she continued. She said the work took almost three years from planning to execution, with town councillors involved in every stage. Mrs Skinner said some, such as Brian Hogan, chairman of the properties committee, also had practical building experience, which made their input even more valuable. “The main contractors were Pearce Construction of Barnstaple, and nearly all the sub-contractors were local. This gave local employment and ensured that the money being spent went back into the local economy”.

Simon Crosbie, of architects Le Page, said he was very proud of the job done on Pendragon House on behalf of the whole team and their client. He said: “It was for the refurbishment of the former refectory house which was in a very poor state. The entire external envelope was restored and then the inside was brought back to a family dwelling including a new library.”

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