PA23/04357: An application for a non material amendment to PA18/06979 for the the erection of four Dwellings, Garage and Access at land adjoining Priestacott Park, namely 1) Amendments to footprint. 2) Amendments to fenestration and roof form has been approved unconditionally by Cornwall Council. The application by Sarbjot Hyare concerns Plot 4, The Ridgeway, Kilkhampton. 

Kilkhampton Parish Council responded to the application by saying: “Kilkhampton Parish Council have no objections to this application. All in favour.”

Cornwall Council responded: “Your proposed amendment to the above planning application received on 26 May 2023 as listed below has been considered under S96A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and has been determined to be non material. 

“Cornwall Council hereby grants permission for the following non-material amendment: Application for Non-Material Amendment to PA18/06979 for the Erection of four Dwellings, Garage and Access at land adjoining Priestacott Park, namely 1) Amendments to footprint. 2) Amendments to fenestration and roof forms. The plan(s) listed below are those approved. 

“The development must be undertaken in accordance with approved plans on the original application except where amended by those below. No substitution should be made without the prior consent from the local planning authority. Failure to adhere to the details of the approved plans or to comply with the conditions on the original planning permission constitutes a contravention of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in respect of which enforcement action may be taken. 

“This permission is granted for the following reason(s): The proposed amendment to approved application PA18/06979 as per the submitted plans is considered to constitute a non-material amendment as set out within Section 96A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and as such a new planning application is not required.”

PA23/03773: A planning application for a change of use from a commercial property to include new walls to subdivide the walls into flats for a property in Wadebridge has been withdrawn. 

Mr Andrew Bulpitt made the application to Cornwall Council for the property known as 3 Eddystone House, Eddystone Road, Wadebridge. 

PA23/03244: A planning application for the conversion and extension of barns into dwellings and construction of a replacement dwelling in lieu of Class Q approval in St Merryn has been withdrawn. 

Mr Shaun Lyne had submitted the application to Cornwall Council for the property known as Trenearne Farm, St Merryn, Padstow. 

At the time of withdrawal, the plans had received objections. 

Padstow Town Council objected on a number of grounds, responding with: “NOT SUPPORTED: i) Overdevelopment; ii) visual impact; iii) not beneficial to economy; iv) concern for wildlife; and v) not compliant with Parish NDP (affordable housing)”

Concerns were also raised by Historic Environment Planning, who noted the history of the property, writing: “Trenearne Farmhouse is a grade II* listed building of 17th century origins, and is of the highest significance. The house that survives today is the remains of a once larger, higher status house. The lower cross wing was demolished prior to the mid-19th century and the house became a tenanted farmhouse.

“The house has an intrinsic functional relationship with the adjacent farm buildings, which contribute strongly to its setting and significance. There is a clear hierarchy between the buildings, with the farm buildings being subservient to the principal building.”

They later advised: “This planning application proposes the conversion of 5 of the farm buildings to 4 dwellings and the demolition of the barn permitted as a Class Q conversion under PA22/04074.

“This is a very much more impactful proposal when compared with the 2017 consent for 2 holiday lets and an office/workshop, which was a relatively low impact scheme.

“The scale of the proposed extensions to Barn 2 and Barns B/X, combined with the entirely new and very large detached dwelling replacing barn A culminate in a significant dilution of the historic character of the site. The resulting impact would be an overly modern, suburban character reinforced by the proposed use of aluminium windows and doors, expanses of new glazing, new openings in historic fabric, terraces and a proliferation of rooflights.

“The proposed new detached dwelling would uncomfortably compete for primacy with the principal building. Overall, the scheme erodes the established hierarchy of buildings on the site and would diminish the presence of the principal building in key views.

“HEP are also concerned over the proposed use as separate dwellings rather than holiday/office use. This would be very much more intensive, with pressure for individual gardens and boundary treatments, the subdivision of the farmyard, additional car parking and driveways, future garaging, storage and other domestic paraphernalia. The scheme would fragment and over-develop the historic farmstead which is highly sensitive to change.

“HEP advise that the current scheme results in very high levels of harm to the setting and significance of Trenearne. The authenticity and vernacular characteristics of the farm buildings and the hierarchy of the buildings on the site would be significantly eroded by the proposals. This harm is not considered justified or outweighed by the removal of Barn A.”

PA22/11302: The demolition of modern agricultural buildings, erection of Caretaker’s Cottage, Extension to Farmhouse (Aunties), minor works to Listed Building (Little Trefresa), Refurbishment of Milking Parlour to form Games and ancillary spaces, Refurbishment of the Granary, Construction of new pool house, external swimming pool, Equipment Store and Workshop, Tennis Court, and Landscaping works for a property near Wadebridge has been approved by Cornwall Council. 

The application, by Mr and Mrs Short concerns the property known as Trefresa Farm, Rock, Wadebridge. 

In their design and access statement, the architects for the plans stated: “The site is made up of a series of farm buildings dating from early medieval times up until the 20th century and include several large metal clad steel frame agricultural barns. 

“It is proposed that the use of Trefresa will be retained as a farmstead to form a family home with tenant farmers continuing to farm the surrounding fields. The large 20th century cattle sheds and hay barns are to be removed in order to enhance the landscape setting of the historic buildings as well as the AONB. The site layout and the position of new buildings within the development site seeks to reinforce the visual and historic connection with the farmstead and be responsive, sensitive and relevant to the specific qualities of Trefresa Farm. 

“There are two new buildings proposed on the site; the first is the new caretaker’s cottage (2) and the other is the equipment store & workshop (3). The pool house (7) is a new structure but is not enclosed. There is a new link and 2- storey extension to Aunties House (1). The landscape has informed the siting and design of the new buildings and structures to reinforce the character of the farmstead.”

St Minver Lowlands Parish Council approved the application, responding with: “SUPPORT subject to compliance with all the policies in the NDP.”

Two members of the public responded to the planning application, both saying they supported it. 

Mr James Kerr said: “At long last, a sensible and long overdue, sympathetic enhancement to the now crumbling ruins of Trefresa. We have no complaints for this tastefully, well thought-out renovation of a much-loved area.”

Mr Alan Yarrow responded with: “This is a practical plan to improve an area of extreme neglect.

Good plans, sensitive to the environment and affording lovely accommodation. An enhancement to the area. We fully support this application.”

Cornwall Council granted the permission subject to a number of conditions, including a restriction on use for ‘Caretaker’s Cottage’, so it cannot be used as a second home or holiday let and a number of conditions related to the pre- and post-construction phases, including archeological recording works. 

 PA23/03053: The erection of an extension to an existing chill building (B8 use) for a property in Treburley has been approved by Cornwall Council. 

Dunbia Treburley, owners of the abbatoir formerly known as ‘Jaspers Treburley’ have applied for the works to the aforementioned abbatoir at Treburley Abbatoir, Treburley Industrial Estate, Treburley, Launceston. 

In a planning statement, the applicants stated that the proposed new buildings would match the existing in materials, with the roof following the existing roof line and be diminishing in height towards the front. 

They added that the proposed new buildings will ‘improve and enhance’ the operations of the site. 

Lezant Parish Council responded to the consultation saying: “The Members of Lezant Parish Council support this application (PA23/03053).”

No concerns were raised by the public protection noise and odour team at Cornwall Council, either, who stated: “I have no objection or comment in respect of the proposed development.”

Cornwall Council granted the permission for the works subject to the statutory conditions, namely: “The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the expiration of 3 years from the date of this permission.”, and “The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the plans listed below under the heading “Plans Referred to in Consideration of this Application”.

PA23/02798: A proposed extension to an existing agricultural building for a property in Delabole has been approved by Cornwall Council. 

Mr S Alexander applied to the local authority for permission for the works at Helland Barton Farm, Delabole, Cornwall. 

Delabole Parish Council responded with support, saying: “The parish council raised no objection to the application.

The council would like to make these comments to Cornwall Council Planning Department: The size of the proposed structure seems out of proportion for its proposed use; Concern was raised over the size of this barn, which seems excessive for a non-productive farm. This land is now private and not farmed for any purpose other than to maintain the grounds and to provide a workshop for their groundsman and associated equipment.

“The impact on the public footpaths that converge on this land - the parish council request that these are not blocked, re-routed or compromised by this building.”

In addition to the statutory conditions, Cornwall Council granted permission subject to the additional condition that: “The development hereby approved shall only be used for the storage of agricultural machinery and materials and for no other purpose including any use to accommodate livestock. 

“Reason: To enable the Local Planning Authority to retain control over the use of the building, where use to accommodate livestock would have the potential to increase phosphate loading within this River Camel Catchment Area, which would have an adverse impact on the River Camel SAC in accordance with policies 12 and 23 of the Cornwall Local Plan Strategic Policies 2010-2030, adopted November 2016.”

PA23/02166: The use of a dwelling as an unrestricted, open market dwelling in Bolventor has been approved by Cornwall Council. 

Mr A Bettison applied to Cornwall Council for permission for the property known as Tonemar Park, Bolventor, Launceston. 

A planning officer’s report on the plans gave some background into the property and why the owner wishes to change the use. 

It said: “The application relates to Tonemar Park which is a 40 hectare (100 acre) holding together with a modest range of farm buildings and a bungalow subject to an occupancy condition. The bungalow is located on the edge of Bolventor village and adjoining other residential property and on the edge of the farming land. 

“The property is owned and occupied by the applicant who wishes to dispose of the property. The farm land and buildings are occupied by family members who farm the land as part of a larger farming business. The land and buildings remain part of the ownership of the applicant and the applicant wishes to retain these for the longer term.

“The retained land and buildings form part of a larger occupation and on their own are unlikely to form a commercially viable business. Details of the larger business have not been provided.

“The owner of Tonemar Park wishes to dispose of the dwelling and himself is no longer running an agricultural business. The land and buildings within his ownership are rented out to other members of the family and occupied as part of a larger farm business. The 100 acres owned by the applicant are unlikely to form a commercially viable business on their own given the quality of the land and its size but could potentially form part of a larger business as currently doing so. The dwelling is not located close to the farm buildings and is on the edge of the village and adjoining residential development.”

The report concluded: “Taking these factors into account, on balance it is considered that the proposal is acceptable, subject to conditions. All other matters raised have been taken into account, including the planning history and the comments of the Parish Council, but none is of such significance as to outweigh the considerations that have led to the conclusion.”

Altarnun Parish Council supported the application, saying: “‘Altarnun Parish Council supports this application to provide an open market opportunity.”Cornwall Council approved the application by Mr Bettison. 

PA23/03773: A planning application for a change of use from a commercial property to include new walls to subdivide the walls into flats for a property in Wadebridge has been withdrawn.