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Family allowed to stay living in Cornish holiday home

Family allowed to stay living in Cornish holiday home

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 8:30am 15th April 2020.

Written by Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

A family used a photograph of their housewarming party to prove that they have been living in a holiday home without planning permission for more than 10 years to be allowed to stay for good.

The Cambouropoulos family applied to Cornwall Council for a certificate of lawfulness to continue using their home in St Breward as a permanent residence.

This was a breach of the planning permission, originally granted in 2004, which stated that the home at Coombe Mill should only be used as a holiday home.

The property is part of Coombe Mill, a holiday park situated on a farm in St Breward.

On the Coombe Mill website there are 10 other properties listed which are available to book for holidays.

The Cambouropoulos’ said they had been living in the property since 2007 and provided evidence including two photographs of the housewarming party in their kitchen.

Nicholas Cambouropoulos provided a signed declaration stating that he, his wife and family of six children had been living in the home continuously since October 2007.

The declaration states: “This continuous occupation since October 2007 has been witnessed by a large number of friends and acquaintances, a list of whom is available if necessary.

"A copy of two photographs from the housewarming party in October 2007 in Miller’s Lodge kitchen is being produced.”

It adds that “the people in the photograph can be identified if required”.

Mr Cambouropoulos also provided a copy of a letter from Devon and Cornwall Police which  confirms a firearms certificate being granted for the address in November 2007.

Cornwall Council planning officers have granted permission for the certificate of lawfulness stating that the applicants had provided sufficient proof that they had been living in the property for more than 10 years.

As the family had been living there for at least 10 years it meant that the building is immune from enforcement action that the council could have taken.

No public representations had been received by the council regarding the application.

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