Cornish Times News Article

Published: 26 January 2023

The planning application: PA23/00102 | Change of use of part of barn to kennels and stables, mezzanine extension to barn and relocation of existing exercise area | Land North East Of Little Gimble Higher Tremar Liskeard Cornwall PL14 6EH was considered by St Cleer Parish council at a PACKED council meeting on Weds 25 Feb at the sports pavilion Hockins House St Cleer.

The meeting was really well attended - 20+ members of public. The overwhelming majority were objectors with 3 people supporting the application.

A firm direction was set by the Chair that this was a discussion about a planning application and not a wider debate about hunting. Everybody tried really hard to keep on topic and it only needed an occasional gentle nudge to keep the discussion on track despite there being tangible emotion from both sides.

Cornwall councillor Phil Seeva was in attendance but reserved comment in case he was required to comment at the county council level later.

A highly charged, emotive but civilised, balanced and fair discussion of deeply held public opinion on both sides of the fence allowed St Cleer PC to arrive at a thoroughly considered majority vote in opposition of the application to house 48 hunt hounds near Common Moor.  Details of how to submit public comments direct to Cornwall Council may be found at:  Public comments can be submitted up to the date of the decision.  Any comment received before the decision date will be reviewed by the case officer.    

Fantastic to see so many people at a PC meeting, pity it was such a controversial issue which brought everybody out.

St Cleer PC currently has 3 vacancies for parish councillor and a recruitment process will commence shortly.

Anybody interested in joining the PC is very warmly encouraged to attend a PC meeting to see what happens or contact any Cllr or the clerk to discuss.

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