Parish Council meeting regarding the proposed housing development off Tregundy Lane

The council meeting was well attended with 30 to 50 people there. They seemed to mostly be against the proposed development. (Nobody from the public spoke up for the development.)

The key concerns presented by the public seemed to be:

  1. Not all of the required animal surveys had been undertaken so an environmental impact assessment could not as yet be properly carried out.
    • Insufficient bat surveys
    • The current surveys excluded required protected mammal surveys.
  2. Their had been agro chemical spraying of the proposed development site, where the individual(s) doing the spraying warned those surrounding residents he knew (several were in the audience) to close windows and doors, to stay indoors, to not go onto the land for at least 2 weeks. This was presented as a deliberate move by the owner of the land to cull the current bio diversity.

The key issues raised by the councillors seemed to be:

  1. The highways report was not conclusive with regards to access being sufficient, so this needs further investigation. This related not only to the immediate site access up from Tregundy Lane, but also those roads that lead up to the proposed road into the development (Tregundy Lane up from Tywarnhayle Road, Cliff Road and Droskyn Way).
  2. They were concerned by the public point that not all wildlife surveys had been completed as apparently required.
  3. There is a fundamental need for affordable housing in Perranporth. With 200 to 250 people on the local affordable housing register, the village MUST allow expansion which includes affordable housing. Of the 3 developments the village has on the way, this is the first to come to the table, but it is not the development preferred by the parish council (they are currently biased to the Lisky Hill site). To keep the village young, affordable housing needs to be within reach of the current youth. There seemed to be discussion that the proposal affordable housing was going to be £67,000 for 1 bedroom units and £134,000 for 3 bedroom units.

So the council voted to neither approve or disapprove of the development, but say they wanted further investigation and information on the access and wildlife surveys.

Two other points of note were that the developer was not going to be who everybody thought it was going to be. I had heard, more than once, that Norwegian Properties were to be the developer, so it’s presumably not them?

Secondly that the land is currently owned by Ian Moore.

Proposed housing development off Tregundy Lane

Came across this article about the proposed development off Tregundy Lane, which would be behind Silver Spray on Droskyn Point.

http://www.southwestbusiness.co.uk/homepagetest/worms-topple-bid-39-homes/article-3670297-detail/article.html

Will worms topple bid for 39 homes?
Thursday, June 23, 2011, 09:00

PLANS to build 39 homes on farmland in Perranporth have sparked complaints from conservationists and residents, who are calling for it to be declared a site of special scientific interest (SSSI).

A colony of about 77 slow worms has been found on the five-acre site off Tregundy Lane along with
numerous birds and other protected species.

And 226 residents living near the proposed development are submitting a petition calling for the application to be rejected and the proposed estate, which includes 26 affordable homes,
moved to a different location.

Giving its initial response to the outline planning submission by Tescan Ltd, Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s deputy conservation manager, Cheryl Marriot, said the site was likely to qualify as a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) priority habitat.

In a letter to Cornwall Council’s planners stating the trust was likely to object to the application, she said:

“…it is likely this site will suffer an overall negative impact post-development due to the loss of BAP habitats and the impact upon slow worms”.

Father of four Robert Pearson, who has lived on Droksyn Way for 12 years, said the development sits next to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) where there are 90 species of butterflies and moths.

He said: “People want affordable houses but these are likely to be too expensive. There is massive opposition to the scheme which borders the heritage coast.

“I have contacted several wildlife groups. We want the area to remain unspoilt. It hasn’t been touched for more than 20 years and is a beautiful site which we want to protect and get declared an SSSI.”

He has written to Minister for Climate Change, Biodiversity and Waste Joan Ruddock asking for her support.

To offset the environmental impact, independent ecological consultants, commissioned by Tescan Ltd, said the slow worms could be relocated, which would take up to 90 visits to an alternative location.

A wildlife reserve would also be maintained at the site and bird and bat boxes placed on the new homes.

Up to 187m of new Cornish hedgerows would also be created.

Councillor Ken Yoe said the plans were still at the early stage and it was important to balance the needs of those wanting affordable homes and the environmental impact.

He said concerns had also been raised regarding the access along Cliff Hill.

There are about 130 people in the resort, he added, on the register for local affordable housing.

Droskyn History

Apparently:

“Legend has it that an Irish Saint came riding across the Irish Sea on a millstone which was washed up on the long sandy beach. The sun was shining, turning the sands to gold so he called the place by the name of the God of the Sun “St Pirus” and over time this became St Piran. Today one of the several chapels built as oratories may be found half buried in the sands.

Droskyn, the name given to the Western end of the bay, appears to be a derivation of “de Roskyn”, a Portuguese Count, who is said the have come over in the sixteenth century, landed on Droskyn Point and to have founded a Monastery on the site on which the Hotel pictured above is now standing and incorporates the old monastery walls.

Today the Droskyn Castle Hotel is run as a block of 14 self contained flats.

The monastery apparently had many ups and downs and one of the downs being an underground passage that ran through Perranporth on one side to a little bay across the headland. Smuggling, together with tin mining, in those days were the two principal industries; and who knows to what use the underground passage was put. The hotel was at one time reputed to be haunted and was used as an officers’ billet for those stationed at the nearby aerodrome during W.W.II.

The building fell into decay and from the ruins the 45 bedroom Hotel was later built. Owned and run by Captain William Noon Munford from 1932 until his death in 1955 aged 71.

Sourcehttp://users.tpg.com.au/munford4113/perranporth.htm

I’ve also heard that Droskyn Castle was at one point a fish processing plant. That it was made to look by a castle by the one time German / Bavarian owner. That when Perranporth was a seaside by train destination the Castle was the 1st class accomodation. Second class was Cellar Cove, which is now 2 large properties behind Droskyn Castle. Cellar Cove was the name of the cove at this southern end of Perranporth beach.

Droskyn Castle Hotel - circa 1950