2014 update 4
Roseland Neighbourhood Plan
Today marks an important milestone for all of us who care about protecting the unspoilt beauty of Pendower Beach. This is the day when the draft Roseland Plan goes out to consultation. It follows over a year of planning, community events, questionnaires, meetings with Cornwall Council and other planning experts, study of legislation, drafting and redrafting, all to arrive at this document. The work has been a tireless effort by the Roseland Plan management team, aided by the neighbourhood plan steering group and many other specialists and volunteers.
Now it's our turn.
To help secure a neighbourhood plan that does all it can do to make sure that our landscape is protected, to ensure that there are no aspects as yet uncovered or loopholes inadvertently left, we all need to study the draft document and make our comments. It's worth emphasising that the Plan has emerged from what the local community has asked for. This is our final chance to ensure that all our views are taken into account.
Practicalities: to view the draft Plan log on to www.roselandplan.org and click on 'The Plan'. If you don't have access to the internet, you can write to John Adams at Little Treviles, Ruan Highlanes, Truro TR2 5NR to request a hard copy. You have six weeks to register your comments, which can be emailed to email@example.com or sent by post to John Adams, marked Roseland Plan. The closing date is 14th September.
The Plan makes frequent reference to local landscape character assessment (LLCA). These assessments, carried out by a team of local volunteers, provide the crucial evidence which will be the basis of new regulations for the Roseland, which all developers will in future have to follow. Details of the LLCAs are given in an annex to the Plan. It's important to consider the LLCA with Pendower Beach in mind. What aspects of the landscape character around the beach might be compromised by the undue expansion of existing development (such as domestic buildings in the vicinity of the beach, the Nare Hotel or the Pink Hotel), or any other development in the area?
Landscape character involves many criteria, as you'll see when you look at the plan, for example tranquility, wildlife, vegetation, formations of beach, rock and field, light and noise pollution. The evidence for landscape protection lies in these details, so it really is important to scrutinise the plan and make sure that all the aspects of landscape character you value at Pendower are included.
Views are one of the most important aspects of the character of the Roseland landscape. They need to be recorded so that they can be protected. As we know, Pendower Beach has outstanding views both from it and of it from the surrounding area. These include the coastal slopes and horizon looking upwards and inland, views across Gerrans Bay from the coast path and views of the bay and Nare Head which open out as you come down the roads from Veryan to the beach. (You may recall that Friends of Pendower previously objected to the proposed addition of a second storey above the Quarterdeck at the Nare Hotel because it would block the view from the road leading down to Carne Beach.) If you believe that views such as these and indeed any others are key to the existing character of the beach it's important to say so in your comments.
Friends of Pendower Roseland Plan meeting 11am Thursday 28th August in Gerrans Memorial Hall.
The draft Plan is not a quick read, but your efforts now will help secure the future of Pendower. To help you understand the plan and formulate any comments you wish to make, Friends of Pendower has organised a special meeting with Jon Smith, Chairman of the Roseland Plan Steering group and June Crossland, one of the professional planning consultants who has played a key role in putting the plan together. We'll be able to read through key aspects of the Plan and ask Jon and June for clarification. Everyone is very welcome, but could I encourage you to familiarise yourself with the Plan before you come.
The meeting will give you an opportunity to look at the Roseland Plan exhibition on display in the hall at the same time. If you can't make the meeting the exhibition is on from Monday 25th August to Sunday 31st August, 10.30am to 5.30pm daily. There'll be people on duty to answer your questions, or you can contact John Adams direct, details above.
Nare Hotel development latest
As many of you will already know, Friends of Pendower has been successful in its bid to ensure that an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is carried out for the Nare Hotel development site. This is as a result of our direct request to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. On 16th April the Nare Hotel developers requested Cornwall Council to set out the scope of the EIA required. Cornwall Council Planning Department then consulted with a number of statutory and other professional bodies and issued their formal scoping opinion document on 19th May. This sets out the work required to complete the EIA according to the regulations. All the documents are available to view on Cornwall Council's planning website. You can search on Nare Hotel or the application number PA14/03646, click on 'documents' and then 'associated documents'. All the relevant documents are listed under 'Scoping opinion'.
The Environmental Impact Assessment may well take some considerable time to complete. Once it's been submitted to Cornwall Council there'll be a consultation period during which members of the public can submit comments. We'll consult with our team of experts during that period with a view to drawing up our own comments. We'll be in touch with you again at that time.
Thursday 13th November 2014: an important date for your diary.
With the general election looming next May, we decided our AGM and open meeting would be a perfect opportunity to discover what our constituency candidates think about landscape protection on the Roseland. Our local MP Sarah Newton will be there, as well as candidates from the other main parties. This will your chance to ask them about their policies and see how they differ in their approach. The sparks could fly! The meeting will be at 7.30pm at Gerrans Memorial Hall. More details nearer the time.
Beach clean 2pm tomorrow Monday 4th August.
Can you spare a bit of time to help pick up rubbish at Pendower? As you know, this is the busiest time of year, when the National Trust wardens could really do with some extra volunteers. All equipment provided. Bring your bathers and go for a swim afterwards. The water is wonderful, warmer than it's been for years, IMHO!
We look forward to meeting those of you who can make it on 28th August.
Meanwhile happy holidays and best wishes