Environment

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...

Starmer tells the NFU that Britain needs to buy British, but offers little detail about how Labour would do things differently

By Julia Penhaligon Sir Keir Starmer has become the first Labour Party leader since 2008 to speak at the National Farmers Union conference – but his main message, that...

County Hall abandons plans for cycle path through Falmouth beauty spot

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Council has abandoned plans for a cycle path through woodland at Budock Water, near Falmouth, after objections from walkers. The Friends of Tregnoniggie Woodland, a...

Daffodils left to rot as Brexit keeps away the migrant workers needed to pick them

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Daffodils are rotting in the ground because Brexit has stopped migrant workers from coming to pick them on Cornwall’s farms. The news echoes Brexit problems faced...

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....

Cornwall Council’s one-vote approval of planning permission in AONB will be in the High Court next week

By Richard Whitehouse A group of campaigners battling against Cornwall Council’s decision to grant planning permission for a new home in a protected beauty spot will have their case...

The cat, the badger and the TB vaccination: it’s all a bit of a mystery

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Scientists and farmers are trying to find out if a pet cat in Ireland which developed TB caught it from vaccinated badgers. Cornwall has been pioneering...

Crash, bang, wallop – two worlds collide as world’s first eco-powered rum distillery seeks to replace banger racing

By Julia Penhaligon One of the Cornwall Council election issues most likely to test the maxim that “all politics is local” concerns the future of the United Downs banger...

The Covid lockdowns have been good for Cornwall’s environment, says new County Hall report, as politicians ponder what “normal” should really mean

By Julia Penhaligon Climate change poses a greater risk to Cornwall than the Covid-19 crisis, according to a new County Hall report. The Cornwall Council document warns that “the...

South Crofty Tin Mine: shares finally start trading on the London stock exchange

By Graham Smith Trading started today (Tuesday) in Cornish tin mining shares – as global prices continue to show some signs of recovery. After decades of promises and false...

Fur flies over bid to open a rabbit farm at Mylor Bridge

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Plans for a rabbit farm near Falmouth have triggered a wave of social media protest. The farm would be on land near Tregunwith Wood, Mylor Bridge,...

Cornwall’s natural environment under greater pressure than ever, says new report

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The pressures on Cornwall’s wildlife as a result of climate change, agriculture and development have been exposed in a new report showing a dramatic decline in...

Bodmin plugs in to electric bikes

By Rashleigh MacFarlane People in Bodmin will soon be able to hire electric bikes.  Cornwall Council has given Co Cars £62,500 to launch its Co Bikes scheme with 18...

Devon and Cornwall police bring criminal charges over hunting with dogs webinar

By Peter Tremayne Mark Hankinson, 60, of Sherborne, Dorset, is due to appear before Plymouth magistrates on 4th March accused of breaching the 2004 Hunting Act. The case stems...

Tuesday night’s fire destroyed 25% of rare wildlife site

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall Wildlife Trust has said that about a quarter of its nature reserve between Wadebridge and St Columb was destroyed by Tuesday night’s arson attack, which...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall Council cabinet member considered “leaning on committee” before planners rejected his £170 million regeneration of Truro

By Graham Smith An email sent by Cornwall Council cabinet member Tim Dwelly has shed a fascinating insight into how senior officers considered lobbying for their £170 million vision...

MPs debate Europe’s ban on Cornwall’s live shellfish

By Julia Penhaligon The plight of Cornwall’s shellfishing industry was raised in the House of Commons yesterday (Monday) after the European Union confirmed that – as a result of...

EXCLUSIVE: Knives out for “Teflon Tim” Dwelly, as the cabinet member responsible for the failed regeneration of Truro says “don’t blame me”

By Julia Penhaligon Truro looks set to miss out on an immediate £7.5 million in funding as a result of last week’s spectacular mishandling of a major regeneration project....