Planning Application Shock in Historic Stratton

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We think that readers of Bude and Beyond should be informed that planning permission has been applied for the “Erection of a new dwelling in the garden of Bevill Cottage, Gibraltar Square, Church Street, Stratton“: Planning application reference PA18/02261.

The proposed dwelling will stand in the lower part of Bevill Cottage’s garden sandwiched between Fore Street and Spicers Lane with access through Gibraltar Square, a unique and fragile cobblestoned historic site.  The building will be in a modern style and much larger than the surrounding properties and will be an affront to the historical and spatial environment of the village.

Gibraltar Square is inaccessible to large vehicles and even small cars can only navigate the turning from Spicers Lane with great difficulty.  Heavy goods vehicles are prohibited in Spicers Lane, so it is proposed that building materials and equipment will be stored in the car park at the bottom of Spicers Lane and ferried to the site.  The reduction in the number of car parking spaces, the disruption and inconvenience to all local residents and visitors will be intolerable.

Many residents of Stratton are very concerned about this degradation to the historic character of this part of Stratton and have already registered their objections with Cornwall Council.  Since the official information concerning this project has been ineffectively communicated, we feel strongly that the local community might like to voice their opinions on the Cornwall Council Planning website where there are already lots of comments, all objections: 

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