Environment

Not so fast with Truro New Town, government tells County Hall, as Highways England questions the impact of additional traffic

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council has been told to pause its consideration of its own planning application for Truro New Town, after concerns about likely traffic flows were flagged...

Day 1: Cornwall’s Tories set to reveal details of what they will do now that they control County Hall’s £1.3 billion budget

By Graham Smith Cornwall’s new Conservative group of councillors hold their first meeting this morning (Monday) to confirm Linda Taylor, from St Ives, as their leader – and the...

Power to the people! The “Popular Front for the Liberation of Bude” takes control, as town and parish councils get the taste for democracy

By Julia Penhaligon Towns and villages across Cornwall are today (Sunday) finding out that their local councils are under new management – with some facing a significant change. In...

County Hall’s controversial approval of planning application in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty means it’s all change on parish council

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A fierce – and very expensive – planning row in South East Cornwall appears to have led to a takeover of the local parish council. The...

Killer whale sightings confirmed between Newquay and Padstow

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Two killer whales have been seen off the coast of Cornwall, between Newquay and Padstow. Scientists confirmed the sightings from photographic evidence, identifying the orcas as...

Surfers Against Sewage set a date, time and place for G7 Summit protest

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Surfers Against Sewage is organising a G7 protest about what it says is an “ocean emergency.” The organisation is urging supporters to “paddle out” on surfboards...

Camborne MP George Eustice is caught in the cross-fire, as feud between Carrie Symonds and Dominic Cummings touches on animal rights

By Julia Penhaligon Farmers’ leaders have reacted angrily to reports that the Prime Minister’s girlfriend, Carrie Symonds, tried to get Camborne MP George Eustice sacked from his job as...

Cornwall’s reservoirs reflect the impact of dry April

By Rashleigh MacFarlane After one of the driest Aprils on record, reservoir levels in Cornwall are significantly lower than usual – raising the prospect of water shortages later in...

Counting the cost after fertiliser fire destroys barn near Summercourt

By Peter Tremayne Firefighters have spent the night at Tredinnick Farm, Gummow’s Shop, Summercourt, damping down a fertiliser blaze which forced residents to keep their windows and doors closed...

“Significiant progress” on cycle trail, councillors told, as County Hall tries to get costs under control

By Richard Whitehouse A major project to create a series of new multi-user trails in Cornwall is now making “significant progress” councillors have been told. The Saints Trails are...

MP demands urgent action over broken sewage pipe

By Rashleigh MacFarlane St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has called on South West Water to take “urgent action” over a burst sewer pipe at The Gannel estuary,...

Record rise in sheep worrying, as farmers blame Covid for increased dog ownership

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Sheep farmers have reporting a record-breaking increase in cases of livestock worrying by dogs. A major survey by the National Sheep Association has seen a 460%...

Plan to demolish “brutal” former primary school and replace it with a new community centre put on hold, as Historic England considers listing request

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans to demolish the old Treyew primary school in Truro might have to wait for a “listed building” assessment by Historic England. The school, which closed...

Planning inspector says “no” to out-of-town retail park at Camborne

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A government inspector has dismissed an appeal against the refusal of planning permission for a retail park at Camborne. Quora had wanted to build out-of-town shops...

Serious failings at Cornwall Housing, demanding urgent inspection of old electrical fittings

By Peter Tremayne A government watchdog has launched an investigation into Cornwall Housing. Cornwall Housing has more than 10,300 tenants.  It is part of Cornwall Council’s arms-length Corserv group...

Climate change: National Trust adopts a pragmatic retreat at Cotehele

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The National Trust is retreating from a field at Cotehele Quay, on the banks of the River Tamar, because of flooding made more frequent by climate...

County Hall confirms embargo on new building in part of North Cornwall: full details

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has today (Tuesday) confirmed – and given more details of – the embargo on new development in the River Camel area of North Cornwall....

Truro City Council scraps plan for “informal” meeting to consider £170 million Pydar proposals

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Truro City Council has abandoned plans to hold an informal meeting to consider the £170 million redevelopment of the Pydar area. Councillors last night (Monday) voted...

Truro’s Pydar redevelopment to be considered at “informal” City Council meeting just one week before election

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EXCLUSIVE: Natural England asks Cornwall Council to pause housebuilding because of serious, long-term damage to important wildlife sites

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Land owners and property developers in North Cornwall are bracing themselves for a possible embargo on new building, pending investigation of serious pollution in the River...