Plans For Tresco Art Exhibition Withdrawn From Meeting

New Grimsby Harbour, Tresco

New Grimsby Harbour, Tresco

Plans for an outdoor art exhibition on Tresco are in doubt after the application was withdrawn from last week’s Planning meeting.

The estate had wanted to place five temporary steel and timber easels at various locations on the island including King Charles Castle, Piper’s Hole and Appletree Bay.

These would be used to display large landscape paintings by the artist Anthony Garrett.

But in his report, Chief Planning Officer Craig Dryden recommended refusing the application.

This followed reports from both the Isles of Scilly Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Natural England, who were concerned the structures would be placed close to Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

Natural England said that while no great impact was anticipated, they wanted a Habitat Assessment to be carried out, and a survey of the plants and lichens at each location.

They wanted details of any pollution prevention measures to be included in the application.

The AONB manager Trevor Kirk also raised concerns over archaeological remains close to one of the sites, although Cornwall’s Historic Environment Officer did not feel there would be any significant impact.

English Heritage also said they had no objections.

Craig Dryden said he needed more information for the plans to be assessed.

Tresco Estate didn’t want to comment on the withdrawal of the application at this stage.



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