Controversial development at St Ives’ Treloyhan Manor gets green light
Campaigners fighting against the destruction of a green area in St Ives have been left disappointed after a planning application for development at Treloyhan Manor was passed.
The proposals from Christian Guild Holidays for 16 housing plots and five self-catering units in grounds at Treloyhan Avenue were this week accepted by Cornwall Council.
For months many local residents have fought the plans, which would see 69 trees felled, in a bid to protect the natural area and the wildlife which lives there.
More than 160 complaints were lodged with Cornwall Council regarding the plans which would also see the manor hotel extended and updated.
At a meeting of west sub-area planning committee on Monday residents protesting against the application said the development would affect the habitat of 86 species of birds and other creatures.
Campaigner and local resident, Melanie Martin, said: “The people who opposed it just wanted to talk to the developers to try to minimise the harm to the environment and to the wildlife. Now the green corridor is going to be breached again. There’s more than 300 against it on Facebook and 200 letters and people feel what is the point in fighting if [developers] always win.”
Rachael Levine, who led the campaign against the scheme, said: “We didn’t expect it. It is so terribly sad, I think St Ives will regret it in time.”
Councillor for St Ives East, Tim Andrewes, spoke against the proposals saying it would have an unacceptable impact on the character and appearance of the area.
He noted particular concern that a new access at Treloyhan Avenue would see the loss of a section of the tree lined route into St Ives.
Kevin Mantle, managing director of Christian Guild Holidays, said the work was vital to ensure the business survived.
He told the council the business was lucky if it was “breaking even” at the moment and said it was not sustainable for the future.
“The approval of this application today is crucial if we don’t want to put doubt on Treloyhan Manor as a hotel and don’t wish to lose…jobs.
“We have a scheme that has taken two years to work and is highly advantageous to all.”
Councillors agreed the economic value of preserving the hotel outweighed the number of trees which would be lost.
The application was approved on the basis that a guillotine will be put on the number of plots to be developed if sufficient revenue is generated to implement hotel works before all the plots are sold.
The council agreed that if the 16 plots are all constructed then any surplus will form a contribution to affordable housing and transport improvements and a new Tree Protection Order has to be made.