Planning Concerns Endemic


The loss of ‘green space’ is a major concern in all our Celtic countries. In Ireland the dreadful ‘ghost estates’ are the direct and visible legacy of untrammelled development throughout the country which preceded the financial crash.

In Mannin next week Mec Vannin, the Nationalist Party, will focus on the issue in its Tynwald edition of the Manx Free Paper (Yn Pabyr Seyr).

Michael Chappell highlights the issue from a Cornish perspective in the article below and urges action:

“Kernow: The Fight to Save Green Space – Get Writing!

With housing and commercial development becoming an issue of great concern in Kernow, sometimes all it takes is a well written email or letter to let the authorities, land owners and developers know that they must take account of local opinions before bowing down in the face of the great land grab that is currently occurring.

An increasing number are speaking out and expressing their concerns about the effects of housing and commercial development in the Duchy.

When a local woods enjoyed by the General Secretary of the Celtic League, Rhisiart Talebot and his family, became vulnerable to deregistration thus opening up the area to so called development, Mr Talebot and his family felt compelled to write to register their concerns.

The result was that the applicant withdrew the application and the woods are to remain under the care of a trust established to enable the natural environment to be enjoyed by local people.

This is a classic example of thinking globally and acting locally.”

Correspondence follows:

“Dear Sir/Madam

As a resident of Camborne that uses Pendarves woods on a daily basis to walk with my children, wife and dog, I do not believe that the proposed land swap is acceptable or appropriate.

The Pendarves Wood site is an area of real tranquility and beauty for us and when my family are there we are able to really switch off from work/school and enjoy the peace of the countryside in a way that isn’t really available to us elsewhere within walking distance. However since the development of the site began, the sound of JCB diggers and lorries has impacted on the tranquility of the area and the Woods have changed for the worse, in contrast to the public interest I would argue.

I cannot agree with the development. What the Pendarves Trust are trying to do by opening up the site for the enjoyment of people within the neighbourhood is fantastic and should be wholeheartedly supported and the land swap rejected for current and future generations.

Many thanks

Rhisiart Tal-e-bot, Emilie Champliaud, Olwen Champliaud Tal-e-bot (age 8 years), Taliesin Champliaud Tal-e-bot (age 3 years) and Mabon Champliaud Tal-e-bot (age 5 months).”

Which resulted in the following response:

“Dear Sir/Madam




I refer to previous correspondence relating to the above application.

I am writing to let you know that the applicant has withdrawn the application.

Consequently, we will be taking no further action in the case.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Christine Griffee
The Planning Inspectorate
Common Land Casework Team
Zone 3/25, Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Temple Quay
Bristol BS1 6PN
Tel: 030 344 45345”


Previous CL News items:

Councillor Mike Chappell – Redruth Town Council
Caderyor – An Kesunyans Keltek Scoren Gernewek
Myghal Map Serpren /l\ Ordyr a Vyrth, Ovydhyon ha Drewydhyon

J B Moffatt (Mr)

Director of Information
Celtic League


(Please note that replies to correspondence received by the League and posted on CL News are usually scanned hard copies. Obviously every effort is made to ensure the scanning process is accurate but sometimes errors do occur.)


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