Neighbourhood Plan bites developer

22 December 2015

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Outbreak of Common Sense in Gloucestershire (Though probably not coming to a county near you)   The communities secretary has refused an application for 200 homes on a site at Lydney in Gloucestershire, against an inspector’s recommendation of approval, after he concluded that, amongst other factors weighing against the proposal, the development would be in [...]

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Ministers restate town centre first policy to planning chiefs

3 February 2015

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Ministers have re-emphasised the importance of the town centre first policy in a letter to chief planning officers from Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) chief planner Steve Quartermain.   The policy, which is set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), requires local authorities to apply a sequential test for planning applications [...]

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Your chance to ‘DO SOMETHING’

25 February 2014

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Deacon Petition

People are asking what they can do to oppose the developer-led planning. Here’s one suggestion. Let’s pre-empt their consultation and tell the Council we don’t want our countryside used to build soulless estates of unaffordable houses for the profit of the big developers. Take the first step and register your opposition to plans to build [...]

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Skullduggery at Coyte Farm?

17 October 2013

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Opponents of the Coyte Farm development will be interested to know that following the developers proposals and the objections to it by Ellandi, Cornwall Council commisioned a report by GVA (the UK’s largest independent commercial property consultants) to establish a non partisan view on the proposed retail developments in St. Austell. The draft of this [...]

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Channel 4 Dispatches – 8 pm July 1st

1 July 2013

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All change on the Strategic Planning Committee

6 June 2013

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All change on the Strategic Planning Committee

So it’s goodbye to the Planning Champion, Mike (‘I move we approve’) Varney and welcome to Rob Nolan, the new Chairman of the Strategic Committee. No, it won’t be the end of mass development in Cornwall but Cllr Nolan should at least bring a better sense of balance to the system as, sadly, the Cornwall [...]

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Election Special – Threemilestone and Gloweth

26 April 2013

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An interesting battle is taking place in the Threemilestone and Gloweth Ward. The sitting member is Chris Pascoe, a prime example of the danger of having vested interests on the Strategic Planning Committee. When the application for 1500 houses at Langarth came to the Planning Committee, Chris Pascoe was told that because he wanted to [...]

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Judicial Review passes next hurdle

7 March 2013

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Judge gives permission for Judicial Review of TEDC to be heard in the High Court.  Says: ‘I am persuaded that in the circumstances this major development permission does contain arguable flaws’   Truro City Council says:-   Truro City Council has received the good news from the Judge in the High Court that it has been given [...]

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Our Cornwall needs your help!

27 January 2013

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Two Cornwalls revealed by Census

28 December 2012

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The detailed population figures revealed last month from the 2011 Census demonstrate the widening gulf between two very different Cornwalls. Dr Bernard Deacon told a meeting of Our Cornwall, the group campaigning for a more sustainable future, that while some parishes were growing fast others were now stable   ‘On the one hand’, he said, ‘the space [...]

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A Neolithic Henge in a Recycling Centre!!!

14 December 2012

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Cornwall Council Archaeologists working at the site of the future Truro Eastern District Centre (TEDC) have discovered the fragmentary remains of a prehistoric enclosure likely to have been built around 5,500 years ago. Initial findings from the excavations, led by Cornwall Council’s Historic Environment Service, suggest the eastern end of the site may have been [...]

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The CoSERG Housing Target Proposal for the Local Plan 2012

3 December 2012

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Given sufficient political will a case can be made for a target of 29,000 houses which could be defended at a public enquiry. Here, we explain how the evidence can support this figure. Cornwall Council refers to four criteria when calculating its housing target (CC, ‘Potential ranges for housing target’, Sep 2012) and aims to [...]

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St. Erth complaint upheld

17 October 2012

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St. Erth complaint upheld

“Members appear not to have been advised about the weight attributed to the [letter from the surveyor], which was simply offering an opinion (submitted on behalf of the applicant) that had not been reviewed, verified, or subject to scrutiny from Natural England.   However, in conversation with the case officer, I understand that in his [...]

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John Crowther Remembered

25 September 2012

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In the 1930s John Henry Crowther was an architect working for Yorkshire County Council. He lived in a Council House at Dewsbury with his wife and young son, John. The County Treasurer was Mr Herbert Hepworth. His daughter, Barbara, was older than John.  Little did either know that, many years later, their two children would [...]

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Your chance to express your opinion on the Truro & Kenwyn Neighbourhood Plan

9 August 2012

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Visit http://trurokenwynplan.org/ and give your opinion

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Is this the future of Sulyen’s Farm?

1 March 2012

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As torrents of rumour tumble around the Cornish Stadium project, and Mr Heaney re-emerges with munificent offers of finance to rescue yet another ailing project, those interested in the fate of 55 acres of good farmland to the East of Truro, and the negative impact of a park & ride scheme which will have no effect [...]

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This is what we’re up against.

25 February 2012

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Although Save Truro remains strictly neutral in the case for or against the Stadium, the news from County Hall merely reinforces our view that there are dark forces at work up at Treyew Road. However, our congratulations must go to Scott Mann for exposing yet another “deal behind closed doors”

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Is the Taste of Cornwall a Waitrose “Good Cause”?

19 February 2012

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Perhaps it is. By offering the “Taste of Cornwall” rent free premises and up to £1M of interest-free money they must regard them as worthy of charity because, according to the recently released documents, the business model relies on this and would not work on its own. What a bitter pill for the independent retailers [...]

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Body blow to Truro Food retailers

13 February 2012

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Waitrose and the Taste of Cornwall have just released figures showing the financial arrangements for the proposed “Taste of Cornwall” retail outlet at the Truro Eastern District Centre. Retailers of Truro – this is what you’re up against The funding for the Taste of Cornwall includes:- Rent free premises Interest free loan from Waitrose of [...]

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Tension mounts on Lemon Quay

12 February 2012

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Life for managers of the Lemon Quay estate is very tense at the moment – Peacocks has gone into administration and there is constant uneasiness in the Boardroom at HMV – a recent  revival package would seem to keep hope alive for the Truro shop for now, but perhaps the change in emphasis and the [...]

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Kaczmarek – Cornwall’s King Lear

8 February 2012

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“I shall do such things, I know not yet what they are, but they shall be the terror of the earth!” Mark Kaczmarek, Cornwall Council’s cabinet member for planning, said its soon-to-be-approved Core Strategy would dictate where 48,000 new homes were built over the next 20 years, not large housebuilders. He predicted that urban areas [...]

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Empty Shops

8 February 2012

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The economic frost is biting Truro – closures left right and centre. In the main, so far, it’s the small independents who are holding their own – they are flexible, and the more resilient ones plan to weather the odd storm. If this keeps up it may not be the same story. What Truro needs [...]

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Is there a Plan B?

5 February 2012

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Corporate business always has a Plan B – perhaps its all part of the plan to provoke the sort of sustained and growing outcry of opposition to an out-of-town Waitrose in the middle of a park and ride, being the ‘patsy’ that enables a few ground-breaking houses to open up the beautiful countryside of the [...]

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It’s an ill wind….

19 January 2012

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It’s an ill wind….

The retail carnage is getting worse. In the past week it was announced that Peacocks and Past Times have gone into administration while Bon Marché has served notice that it intends to do so. However, as they say, when one door closes another opens and Peacocks is an opportunity for Waitrose to move to a prime [...]

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Bin the Core Strategy?

17 January 2012

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Dear Friends, Are you, like many of us, dismayed at Cornwall Council’s short-sighted housing growth agenda? Do you share our concerns at the way the Council’s Core Strategy, far from slowing down growth, sets about increasing it? Across Cornwall, groups of objectors have been seeking a better way by opposing plans for large housing projects [...]

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Prince Charles lambasted over plans for ‘new Poundbury’ in Truro

13 January 2012

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Prince Charles lambasted over plans for ‘new Poundbury’ in Truro

Plan for housing and food hall on Duchy of Cornwall land seen as urban sprawl Nigel Ekins, of the Cornish Smokehouse, in Truro, Cornwall, where Prince Charles has been accused of endangering a fragile city centre economy. Photograph: Jim Wileman for the Guardian Champions of the scheme, including Prince Charles, herald it as a unique project [...]

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“Little Waitrose opens in Truro”

12 January 2012

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“Little Waitrose opens in Truro”

If only!

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Bob Egerton defends his survey

12 January 2012

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On the Laurence Reed show today Bob Egerton defended the “slanting” of the questions in his survey re the TEDC (amongst other items). For example, one question was phrased ” Do you support a Cornish Food Hall stocking produce from Cornish Farmers?” It’s really quite difficult to answer anything other than “Yes”  to that (surprisingly [...]

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Did you know that….

30 December 2011

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The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) (as set out in the Planning Act 2008) is a new system of developer contributions and is intended to supplement other public sector funding streams to ensure that new community infrastructure (such as schools and health care facilities) can be provided to keep pace with population growth. CIL is set [...]

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Latest – More of Truro’s green belt is going to be turned into housing.

23 September 2011

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Hi folks For those of you who don’t know, Dudman Farm is up for sale, meaning that even more of our green belt is going to be turned into housing. The details are here Peter Hodge

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