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Mebyon Kernow General Election candidate welcomes rejection of Carbis Bay development
Rob Simmons, St Ives constituency PPC for Mebyon Kernow- the Party for Cornwall, has welcomed Cornwall Council’s refusal of the large scale development in Carbis Bay. The plan for 200 new homes at Gonwin farm, was opposed by members of the local community and would have resulted in the loss of some of the best agricultural land in West Cornwall.

He said:

“This was yet another large scale development on green field land, widely opposed by members of the public, yet recommended for approval by Cornwall Council’s officers in line with Conservative and Liberal Democrat government planning policies. The right decision was made by the planning committee, grade 2 agricultural land is a rare asset and one vital for food production. I congratulate local campaigners for their resilience and stamina in making the powers that be listen to them. I also have admiration for St Ives Town Council and members of Cornwall Council’s planning committee for listening to local concerns.”

Rob also went on to warn that this is a scenario that will be repeated across all of Cornwall in the coming months.

“The government has caved into developers and rewritten planning laws in their favour, this will certainly not be the last of these proposed major developments in West Cornwall on green fields. Local campaigners have come forward to me to express their concerns in places like Lelant, Ludgvan Leaze, Helston/ Wendron and Gulval. The odds are stacked against them as we have a planning system that neither appreciates local sentiments nor has any regard for common sense. It is high time, that the coalition government reviewed the National Planning Policy Framework and provided balance between the needs of development and affordable housing, local opinions and assets like valuable agricultural land. I call on councillors from the Conservatives and Lib Dems that are aware of the public concerns to pass that on to their party’s ministers in government. The pro development lobby may dismiss campaigners as nimbys but it is high time they recognised that this is still a democracy and the will of the people ought to be better respected.”
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Published on 1st October 2014.

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