Caradon area local news

Plymouth to pioneer UK’s new wave of Freeports

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Business leaders in the south west are watching the progress of plans to develop a “Freeport” at Plymouth. The city is one of eight places in...

Budget boost for Okehampton rail link could benefit North Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane North Cornwall MP Scott Mann has welcomed yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) budget support for improved rail services between Exeter and Okehampton. Regular services were withdrawn in 1972 but...

Barn fire at Rame closes roads as flames and smoke visible for miles

By Peter Tremayne Fire crews have dealt with a large barn fire at Rame, near Torpoint, following the explosion of gas cylinders and the combustion of a large quantity...

Murder trial to probe death of 22-year-old Callum Hill

By Peter Tremayne The death of a young man who was found seriously injured at Kit Hill, Callington, last year is to become the subject of a murder trial....

Planners refuse permission for St Mellion retirement village

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s planners have voted 12-0 to reject proposals for a 165-unit retirement village at the St Mellion Estate, between Callington and Saltash. Cornwall Council’s planning officers...

The battle for Rame Head: High Court judge reserves judgement in planning case with national implications

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The future of plans for a large detached house in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Cornish coast should be known by early April....

The High Court tries to understand why Cornwall Council granted planning permission for a large detached house in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council will have to wait to learn the outcome of a Judicial Review of the way it granted a single-vote majority approval of a highly...

How Cornwall Council voted 7-6 to approve large detached house in Rame Head AONB

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council’s controversial decision to approve a farmer’s planning application for a large detached house in the Rame Head Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was made...

Cornwall’s planners are in court to defend their single-vote approval of a large detached house in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council is in the High Court this morning (Wednesday) to defend its one-vote-majority decision to grant planning permission for a large detached house in an...

Officials say planning permission for St Mellion retirement village should be refused

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The stage has been set for a planning battle over proposals to build a 165-unit retirement village at the St Mellion Estate, between Callington and Saltash....

“We’ll consider a wide range of business models,” says council, as consultants look at the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres

By Julia Penhaligon Consultants hired to investigate the future of Cornwall’s leisure centres have been asked to consider a wide range of potential business models, according to County Hall’s...

Cornwall to keep Covid marshals until May at the earliest

By Peter Tremayne The government has agreed to fund Covid marshalls in Cornwall until May at the earliest, County Hall has confirmed. The council-employs up to 20 marshals to...

Two of Cornwall’s Tory MPs “raise concerns” about the impact of Brexit deal on fishing communities

By Richard Whitehouse Two pro-Brexit Cornish MPs have challenged fellow Cornish MP and Secretary of State George Eustice over the impact of the European Union trade deal on the...

Covid-19 forces the closure of several Cornish pubs

By Julia Penhaligon A growing number of pubs in Cornwall are closing because of Covid-19.  The specific reasons vary, with some blaming staff shortages following reported contact with a...

Covid-19: mutant virus now accelerating spread of the disease across Cornwall

By Anne North Covid-19 is now sweeping across Cornwall, with communities in Callington and Pensilva, and Gunnislake and Calstock, currently the worst affected.  The virus has increased its grip...

“Affordable” housing plan rejected

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon The difficulty of providing “affordable” housing for local people has been thrown into sharp relief by the rejection of development plans on the...

Under the hammer: the many mansions of Cornwall Council

By Graham Smith A major rationalisation of Cornwall Council’s vast property portfolio is due to take a significant step forward next week when councillors scrutinise plans to sell offices...

Callington Community College reopens, but older pupils told they must stay at home

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Callington Community College has reopened to most year groups after Covid-19 reduced staffing levels earlier this week. Years 7-11 were allowed to return yesterday (Thursday) but...

Callington Community College forced to close as Covid-19 blows in from the east

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Covid-19 has forced the closure of Callington Community College, a large secondary school with more than 900 pupils, because there are not enough staff to operate...

Why I should be allowed to build a house in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – by the farmer at the centre of County Hall’s latest planning controversy

By Richard Whitehouse A farmer who is at the centre of a row about planning permission granted for a new house in a Cornish beauty spot has explained why...