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Holiday lodges and a hotel planned near St Ives

Holiday lodges and a hotel planned near St Ives

Published by Emma Carton at 12:27pm 8th August 2018. (Updated at 3:18pm 8th August 2018)

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Richard Whitehouse

New plans have been revealed to build holiday lodges and a hotel on a site near St Ives, where a planned housing development was pulled two years ago.

Pre-application planning advice is being sought by developers who want to build the holiday complex on land at Estover Farm in Halsetown.

The site was the focus of a campaign two years ago after plans were submitted to build 165 homes.

Outline planning permission was granted by Cornwall Council for the development but the plans were withdrawn after they were called in by the Secretary of State.

Now new proposals have been drawn up to build an 80-bedroom hotel and restaurant on the site along with holiday lodges and associated facilities.

No details are included about how many holiday lodges could be built but a large proportion of the site has been allocated for the holiday homes.

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The plans for Estover Farm near St Ives, where developers want to build holiday lodges and a hotel

The pre-application submission from Mark Scoot of Torquay-based Maypool Estates states that much of the work which was done for the previous residential development could be applied to the planned new application.

The letter states: "The draft scheme masterplan proposes the development of holiday lodges together with ancillary facilities, an 80-bed hotel and restaurant with associated car parking, on-site open space/landscaping, associated access, parking and infrastructure.

"Given that the site is near the AONB, the detailed landscaping and scheme layout will ensure that it can be delivered without any harm to the wider setting of the AONB".

The letter says that the plans would not conflict with the St Ives Neighbourhood Development Plan saying that it fits in with policies that "seek to promote tourism development that has economic, social and environmental benefits for the surrounding area".

It continues: "The provision of modern high-quality lodge accommodation will serve to reduce the continued pressure on the existing housing stock and provide modern purpose-built tourism accommodation in a highly sustainable location with easy pedestrian, cycle and public transportation linkages to the town cenrre".

The original outline planning application for homes to be built on the site had been opposed by a number of people including St Ives Town Council and campaign group Residents Against Insidious and Inappropriate Development (RAIID).

No comments have been submitted to Cornwall Council's planning portal about the pre-planning request over the proposed new development.

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