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Clifftop home set for approval

By Warren Wilkins 5th July 2017

Clifftop home set for approval
The proposed clifftop property.

A campaign to prevent properties being built along Newquay’s coastline could receive a setback following controversial plans to build a luxury clifftop house being earmarked for approval.

Planning officer Matthew Sleeman has recommended the green light is given to a proposal to construct a single storey dwelling on land adjacent to 20 Island Crescent.

Newquay Town Council’s emerging Neighbourhood Plan is looking to provide protection for the coastline against development while Protect Newquay Clifftops campaign group is fighting the scheme.

Dozens of residents have opposed the plans submitted by Mr and Mrs Crow as they believe the development is garden grabbing and would harm the character of the area, its ecology and cliff stability while others say the scheme would enhance the coastline, is good use of the land and will bring money and jobs to the area.

The town council objected to the development stating the property would affect the perception of openness from the Killacourt moving east along the shoreline. The authority also noted there is a significant amount of objections to the proposal.

But Mr Sleeman has recommended the luxury home plans should get the go ahead as he believes the design of the property will ensure the open views across the site will be retained. He has also taken into consideration the number of reports that have been submitted with the application, which shows the new property will have an insignificant effect on the overall stability of the cliff.

Cornwall Council’s central sub area planning committee is due to make a decision on the luxury home planning application at its meeting in St Austell  on Monday, July 10.

Mr Sleeman said: “The applicant met with the local elected member and the town council to discuss this application prior to its submission. Concern was raised at these meetings with regard to cliff stability and the impact of the proposal on the openness of the site.

“The proposed new home is located on a sensitive coastal cliff top location within the built up area of a main town. The proposal will impact upon the character of the area by reducing the openness of the site but the design, which includes the siting of the home below the existing boundary wall and a sedum finished roof, sufficiently mitigates this harm and, importantly, ensures that the open views across the site, including the visual permeability and general perception of openness, is retained.

“The proposal is designed to prevent neighbour impact, adequate amenity space is provided and, subject to condition, the land is sufficiently stable to accommodate a new home.

“A number of reports have been submitted with this application in respect to land, clifftop stability and coastal erosion, which shows that the new property has an insignificant effect on the overall stability of the cliff. The stability condition with respect to critical surfaces which could affect the sustainability and usage of the development are well above minimum acceptable levels.

“The predicted effects of future coastal erosion have also been shown to not adversely affect the practical or sustainable use of the development. On the basis of this investigation and the current satisfactory performance of the soils along the slope edge to date, it is not considered that extensive slope stabilisation works are required at the current time to ensure the sustainability of the development.”

Cornwall Council turned down a previous planning application to build a luxury home at 20 Island Crescent as the proposed dwelling would be harmful to the openness and character of the protected area. More than 1,100 people opposed the plans, were also refused by a Planning Inspector on appeal.

By Warren Wilkins 5th July 2017

annon 15th July 2017 22:42
Just goes to show our opinions dont count. Money is above all morals in society now? What about that massive empty Hotel BarTrip right next to the site?! For God´s sake use that not lovely green Cornish fields etc.

There´s almost nothing they won´t concrete over. It´s not ´development´ it´s just concreting over the countryside for a profit. It´s exploitation.

The sunset is already gone at Great Western Beach in Winter due to an ugly Travelodge. In fact much the beach is in the shade, at midday in midWinter, as a result. Clearly planing officers only go to beaches with carparks. The associated ALDI sign is bigger than the welcome to Newquay sign - great planning well done guys.

Killacourt views hardly enhanced by The Ark (empty monstrosity, never been ocupied) and Frankie and Bennies and Prezza who use the tramtracks footpath as a binstore.

North Fistral vistas ruined by awful flats. The sunset and ocean views from the war memorial were breath-taking in 2002. Now the scene is more heartbreaking than breathtaking, as rival blocks of flats ruin each others view, with Joe public, tourists and all completely ´in the dark´ now when looking South :(

So what´s next Steve(double)? You clearly barely know this town or you´d have been gutted by all this. But instead YOUR freemarket politics have ruined much of it already, before you ever even appreciated it.
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