Environment

Permission refused for travellers’ site in china clay country

By Richard Whitehouse Plans to create a new travellers’ site in clay country have been rejected and councillors have called for a review of policies around where they should...

Cornwall’s road-building ambitions set to resume, despite Covid-19 enthusiasm for home-working and virtual meetings

By Richard Whitehouse and Julia Penhaligon The coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on almost everything in the world, not least development schemes. In Cornwall several major road schemes...

Planners to consider Gypsy camp in China Clay area next week

By Richard Whitehouse Plans to create a new Romani Gypsy site have been recommended for approval despite claims that the area is “saturated with sites”. A planning application for...

Boris Johnson’s bonfire of planning controls “a disaster for Cornwall,” say local councillors

By Richard Whitehouse Government plans to overhaul the planning system to make it easier for homes to be built have been described as “a disaster for Cornwall.” Prime Minister...

That Truro New Town land deal: what exactly have taxpayers got for their money?

By Anne North A veteran councillor is hoping to find out crucial details about Cornwall Council’s controversial £36 million land deal, intended to build Truro New Town to the...

80,000 holidaymakers are on their way to Cornwall – tourism boss

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall could see up to 80,000 tourists coming into the county from this weekend as businesses open for the first time since lockdown. With hotels, campsites,...

Covid-19: Cornwall now has a local lockdown plan, but still does not know how it will work

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council has called for more clarity about what it can do to control any Coronavirus outbreaks. The call follows yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) publication of County Hall’s...

Here it is: the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Covid-19 Local Outbreak Management Plan

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s local lockdown plan is now available – the 41-page document was published this morning (Wednesday) and reveals the membership of the board which will...

Covid-19 and the road less travelled: how working from home has helped Cornwall Council to save 230 trees and reduce car journeys by 42,000 miles per day

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Thousands of Cornwall Council staff have been told they can continue working from home until at least the end of August. Despite the government’s easing of...

Controversial Camborne housing plans approved on chairman’s casting vote

By Richard Whitehouse A controversial housing development has been granted planning permission on a planning committee chairman’s vote after councillors were divided. A reserved matters application for 94 homes...

Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre gets on-site booze licence

By Richard Whitehouse Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre has been given the go ahead to serve alcoholic drinks to customers despite concerns from neighbours. The museum in the historic...

Controversial Camborne housing project to be decided tomorrow

By Richard Whitehouse Controversial plans to build 94 homes on a site in Camborne will go before councillors again next week. The development on land off Tregenna Lane already...

Another facelift for Redruth, as Historic England awards more cash

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Redruth is in line for a £4.6 million boost to help maintain its historic character. A £1.6 million grant from Historic England is expected to attract...

Devon and Cornwall Local Resilience Forum to risk assess climate change

By Julia Penhaligon The Devon and Cornwall Local Resilience Forum, a police-led collection of local councils and health organisations, and which provides liason with central government, aims to add...

RNLI lifeguards to patrol six more Cornish beaches from tomorrow

By Richard Whitehouse More beaches in Cornwall will have RNLI lifeguards patrolling from this weekend. Cornwall Council has announced that from Saturday another six beaches in Cornwall will have...

All-Party group of MPs calls for “small abattoirs” strategy

By Rashleigh MacFarlane An all-party group of MPs has called for a new strategy to help small abattoirs, as both Covid-19 and Brexit force communities to consider ways of...

Cornish Seal Sanctuary says continuing Covid-19 lockdown threatens its future

Rashleigh MacFarlane The Cornish Seal Sanctuary says it is facing an uncertain future because of the continuing Covid-19 lockdown, which has forced it to close its doors since March....

Cornwall Council seeks to reopen public toilets by 15th June

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Towns and villages across Cornwall are waiting to hear how their public toilets might be re-opened within the next few weeks, as local councils work their...

Revealed: Why the white elephant glows in dark

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall Council has defended a decision to leave lights on all night at an industrial building which was praised for its energy efficiency. The Enterprising Space...

Planners back idea for 24 homes – none of them “affordable” – on “ugly and derelict” part of Hayle

By Richard Whitehouse Planners have approved proposals to build 24 homes on an “ugly and derelict” site which has been empty since the 1970s. Simon Clarke had applied to...