St Ives MP, Andrew George, said this week that the decision of Cornwall Council to refer the controversial Treloyhan Manor application back to the Western Area Planning Committee for re-consideration is a vindication of both local residents who have raised concerns about inconsistencies in the handling of the Treloyhan Manor application and his own decision to refer the planning application to the Secretary of State for review.
After Mr George had referred the matter to the Secretary of State last year, the planning application has received a level of scrutiny which Mr George felt had not taken place previously.
Mr George said, “I congratulate those local people who had properly scrutinised the basis for this planning application. Both the potential ecological impact and the economic justification for this development were matters which I felt had not been properly scrutinised. I do help that Cornwall Council will look very carefully at the justification for this planning proposal and, this time, give it the level of scrutiny that the local community believe it needs.
“The Treloyhan Manor grounds are an important and iconic feature of the town. St Ives has been subjected to a veritable “goldrush” of planning applications for developments in recent years during the hiatus before which the new local plan will come into force.
“The decision of Cornwall Council to refer this planning application back to its planning committee is a triumph for community politics.”