Silver Spray to Ramoth wall

Nigel and Sam have started taking down the “rotting” dividing wall between Silver Spray and Ramoth. The agreed plan is to put in a small footing and a 2 to 3 block wall up for now. Once the Silver Spray building works are done, we can decided if we want this wall to go higher in any areas.

This has exposed that the Ramoth courtyard, which used to hold back the rear garden with a retaining wall has a bulging lump of concrete into the Silver Spray plot. The bulge looks to be about a foot into the plot, which would narrow the path down the side of the house too much to leave in place.









External Layout

Rob from ra-studio is continuing to come up with amazing architectural and design solutions for the project. Successfully converting my “living requirements”, tear sheets,  thoughts and ideas into something that is really coming together.

As the house layout gets closer to something that will need to be costed up, we need to add in the context of the space in front and behind the house, so I went through my notes and found this magazine page and sketch:

I like the low wall from the patio, for sitting on, then a flower bed, instead of a wall. Central steps that’d go down to the flat grass over the garage roof. I don’t like the drop in height from what will be the lounge.

Interesting to find this early days sketch layout:

  • The idea of the external hot shower being under the stairs down from the rear parking, so you can look out through the stairs at the view. This assumed the stairs wouldn’t be in the ground behind the rear courtyard, which is the current likely and sensible plan.
  • Suggests downstairs utility to include a shower.
  • Small side walls to the living space courtyard. I wonder if these will now be included or not. I’ll leave that for Rob’s input.
  • I’d forgotten the idea of a space for bins on bin day. The current idea, is that there could be a side door from here into the garage.

There is also the “Droskyn Development” planned for the land to the south of the house. Below is an annotated illustration from the thus far proposed plans. This means there will be properties, across a road to the rear of the property.

Proposed Droskyn Development plans - impact on Silver Spray

Development behind Silver Spray is progressing

Despite the parish council voting against the proposal for 31 houses on the land behind Silver Spray, Cornwall Council have voted 10-3 in favour of the development – with conditions.

Tescan Ltd has been granted outline planning permission for a mix of private and affordable homes, including an eco-style subterranean luxury house built into the side of the cliff, that campaigners claimed would be worth more than £2 million.


Perranporth Low Carbon Limited ?

Wouldn’t it be great to set-up Perranporth Low Carbon Limited ?

Attending some eco-build talks at the Eden Project, one of the speakers is involved with Hook Norton Low Carbon Limited.

It is an Industrial Provident Society, set up by Low Carbon Hook Norton members to help the community reduce its energy consumption, carbon emissions and save money, with a range of community-based schemes and individual household projects based on interest-free loans.

From the talk, it seems they coordinated getting funding and then the residents and suppliers to slowly help everybody (residents, the school, local firms ….) benefit (lower fuel bills, jobs to implement the projects …..) and move to a lower carbon / more sustainable village.

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.

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.

7 Reasons to Consider Eco-Friendly Rural Living

There is plenty of evidence that the lowest per person carbon footprint is achieved by urban living. This is then countered by the increased stress and often reported reduced quality of life from urban Vs rural living.

So nice to see this post on “7 Reasons to Consider Eco-Friendly Rural Living“:

  1. Peace and quiet, and peace of mind
  2. Open space equals self-reliance
  3. Privacy
  4. Cleaner air and water
  5. Outdoor activities enables interaction with nature
  6. Cheaper cost of living
  7. A sense of community

A busy week, meeting the current owner, the neighbours and getting some property history.

Well it’s been a busy week for me in relation to Silver Spray.

I’ve met the current owner of Silver Spray, the neighbours on both sides of the property and progressed the purchase.

The neighbours up the slope have a fantastic upside down house, with the lounge, kitchen etc in a massive open plan upstairs. Down slope they are expanding the house back into the garden to accommodate an expanding family.

For the purchase, the money is now waiting in my account, both myself and the seller have filled out all of our paperwork. So it’s with the lawyers for the contract and searches. Cornwall council cut backs mean these now take about 3 weeks. The initial lawyer work means I’ve got copies of the historical sales (conveyances) of the property:

  • 18 January 1978 it was sold for £11,500 to the parents of the current owner. They have sadly passed on, and their son is selling the property.
  • 11 October 1933 it was sold for £78
  • The road that is now Tregundy Lane appears to have historically been called Watch House Road. It might be nice to rename the house “Watch House”.