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Planning Committee to discuss Pz Harbour 14 Oct 10

posted Oct 5, 2010, 2:25 PM by Richard Cliffe

The Strategic Planning Committee is to meet at County Hall, Truro,  on Thursday 14 Oct  (10.00 am start expected) and Penzance Harbour is on the agenda - again. 

The Secretary of State, in his letter dated 19 Aug, stated that “the proposal does not, in the Secretary of States view, raise issues of such wider significance requiring determination by him”.  Consequently the decision as to whether to grant planning permission for this application remains with Cornwall Council.  The Council, having reportedly taken legal advice, has decided that several changes of circumstance since 8 Mar 10 justify giving the Committee a final opportunity to review its decision.  The changes are:

-         Granting of listing building consent (with conditions).

-         New national planning policy guidance PPS5 “Planning and the Historic Environment” (replaces PPG15 and PPG16).

-         The upgrading of South Pier to Grade II*

-         The granting of Grade II status to the Battery and War Memorial.

See here for documents on Cornwall Council website.

The meeting will be open to the public (as last time).  Check here for the meeting agenda (from 7 Oct 10)

 Representations from the public are limited to the material changes listed above and their impact on Application 09-118-P (new sea wall and infilling of reclaimed area).  Only those who spoke last time can speak this time if they wish (limit 3 minutes).  Those who wrote in last time can do so again if they wish.  Mr Cartwright spoke last time opposing the application and Tim Dwelly spoke in favour as did Mr Gareth Robertson (contractor). 

Editor’s Comment

We understand Mr Cartwright is speaking on the 14 Oct opposing the application.

Tim Dwelly is speaking in support of the application.  He will appreciate friendly faces in the public gallery as will the Councillors who courageously supported the application on 8 Mar 10 in the face of hostile lobbying.

Please mark 14 Oct in your diary and attend if possible.  Everybody knows that the Penzance proposals are controversial for some but there is enormous support for this strategic project which will invest £35 million (£11 from the EU) in the two harbours over the next 2 years and provide a new ferry.

For the minutes of the meeting on 8 Mar 10 click here. 

For access to all of the papers for 8 Mar 10 meeting click here