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Listed Building Consent granted for Penzance Harbour

posted Aug 19, 2010, 9:22 AM by Richard Cliffe
Government Office West Midlands today announced its decision to grant listed building consent to the Penzance Harbour plans (Option A), the last part of the IOS Ferry Link Proejct requiring approval.  This removes a major uncertainty because, without listed building consent, there is no fully approved IOS Ferry Link project to be funded.  Approval of funding is still awaited but the lifeline nature of the project and the substantial EU contribution (£11 million)  means that it is highly likely to be given the go ahead.

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This is such an important decision for the Isles of Scilly and West Cornwall. 

Penzance Harbour has been a major asset supporting the prosperity of the Town and surrounding area for more than 500 yrs.  This decision guarantees its future in that role for many decades.  The Pier extension and new terminal facilities allow the new ferry to operate from Penzance.  The rock armour protects the Pier's structure and  improves the Pier's performance as a sea defence for vessels inside the harbour - important given expected rises in sea level and increased frequency of severe storms.  The new sea wall on Battery Rocks Beach provides a comprehensive sea defence for the main road and Barbican (not forgetting the The Dolphin Tavern).  Many unsightly and inappropriate repairs and additions to the historically significant South Pier will be made good and/or removed.  Overcoming the impasse over the Harbour is likely to be the key to much needed regeneration of the harbour area and the Town generally.  A total of £18 million is to be spent on Penzance Harbour with £6 million provided by the EU.

This key decision in favour of the project is the result of lots of local people campaigning for the project,   hundreds writing in to the planners with letters of support and thousands signing the petition and supporting the Facebook campaign .  It is a great result.   Lets not forget Cllr Graeme Hicks who had to champion this project through very dark days and Tim Wood and his project team for keeping the project on track against the fiercest opposition.

The Govt Office West Midlands letter giving consent is attached.  
The Govt Office South West letter (on behalf of Dept of Transport) is attached.
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Richard Cliffe,
Aug 19, 2010, 10:08 AM
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Richard Cliffe,
Aug 19, 2010, 10:08 AM
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