One of Cornwall’s prettiest beachfront communities is getting a big holiday home built in the middle of it
Council planners have given the thumbs up to a two storey house in Gwithian Towans.
The eyesore will sit amongst the ramshackle chalets hidden in the dunes, by the Jampot cafe, above Gwithian beach.
In all one hundred and twenty of the small beach-front homes are tucked away discreetly behind one of Cornwall’s best-loved beaches.
But in recent months, Cornwall council have approved two large developments, and at the meeting last Wednesday, ok’d the third.
The close knit community in the chalets is up in arms. Gwithian is an area of special scientific interests and there are concerns about any new development.
Chalet resident Sam Hutchens explained: “The last owner of Number 57, Pat, lived there for around fifteen years.
“She sold up, to be closer to her family in the town.”
“Nobody knows who the new owners are – a Mr and Mrs Kennett or something.
“But last Wednesday the council approved a large development at Number 57.”
The mum of one stormed: “The way things are going the chalet settlement here is going to lose all its individuality
“We also weren’t properly consulted. The only person who received a letter through their door was number 56.”
31 year old Sam went on: “The chalets have been here since at least the 1930s and about 75 per-cent are lived in full time.
“But the council meeting dismissed them as a ‘holiday park’.
“It’s not a campsite here: we’re a unique and happy community.
“It’s a very close community. We do our neighbours shopping we pop round each others houses for parties.
“The council don’t care about preserving the history of the Duchy and keeping our environment and communities unspoiled.
“In fact we even heard the council had some kind of beef with Gwithian and Gwinnear Parish were getting payback.”
“There’s a lot of concern here because the Hocking Trust owns a lot of the freeholds and they’re let on leaseholds.
“But they’ve started selling them off as freeholds: once he does that we can see they’ll be knocked into new-builds
“The two storey houses are very visible from the beach. It’s just not in keeping with the beach-front.”
“We’re all worried that in a few years time all the quaint, eccentric, higgeldy piggeldy chalets will be gone and it will look like a housing estate up here.”
Hayle man Paul Warmington stormed: “And yet they won’t help to get us the stadium that will benefit the whole county!”
The 31 year old sniped: “Probably backhanders involved! More holiday homes!!!”
And Hayle woman Susan West complained: “They are building houses everywhere, but at the same time the doctors surgery are struggling, there’s no fire station, admissions at Penzance hospital don’t happen, there’s no all year swimming pool and the buses run part-time over the Winter.
“The money could be used so much better.”
A council spokeswoman said: “A site notice was displayed on the private road/footpath at the junction leading to 57 Gwithian Towans and an advertisement was placed in a local paper.
“Letters were sent to neighbours who have an abutting boundary with the application site.
“The development is considered acceptable and will not cause material harm to the area.”
If you want to check out the application in detail just click HERE and type in PA12/01835