Local Company Granted Permission For Workshop

Council Chambers at the Old Wesleyan Chapel

A new metal-clad workshop can be built in the far corner of Porthmellon Industrial Estate on vacant land between units 31 and 32.

The bulk and height of the unit worried Chief Planning Officer, Craig Dryden.

It will measure 18m x 9m with an eaves height of 5.5m.

But he told planning meeting attendees it would also help sustain a local business and help it expand.

Pernic Forge is the main metal work fabrication facility for the islands and works on projects for local industry, the Council and voluntary services, and that’s why Craig recommended approval.

Council Officer Diana Mompoloki expressed her support to develop the corner plot on the industrial Estate, pointing out that there are a number of approved developments on the site including resurfacing the road and Richard Hand’s new office.

She says other projects, such as the proposals for the old wholesalers building, will substantially improve the industrial estate, both visually and physically.

Cornwall Council’s historical officer felt that the site was within a former prehistoric and early medieval field system and wanted an archaeological ‘watching brief’ during development.

But he later withdrew that request after the applicant provided evidence from a local archaeologist that other buildings on the site had deeper foundations dug and nothing was found.

A letter from Mrs Thomas whose family leased the land as the Sandy Banks Camp Site said it was lower than it is now due to infilling from the industrial site development and that in the time her family worked this ground, nothing of historical importance was found.

Councillor Richard McCarthy said he was pleased that opposition to the plan on historical grounds had been dropped as it was ‘strictly crackers’.