St Mary’s Man Loses Latest Legal Battle Against The Duchy Of Cornwall

Hugh House, the offices of the Duchy of Cornwall in Scilly

Hugh House, the offices of the Duchy of Cornwall in Scilly

A St Mary’s man fighting for the right to buy his Duchy lease has lost his latest legal battle.

Alan Davis is worried that if he needs residential care in the future, he won’t be able to raise a loan against the value of the home as the remaining lease time gets shorter.

The Duchy says it’s exempt from the laws that give the right for people to buy their leases.

Alan went to court in Truro last week to try and force the release of correspondence between the government and the Duchy under the Freedom of Information Act.

He believed there had been discussion over preventing the sale of leases.

But after the hearing, Alan has been told that the information will remain private.

The Freedom of Information Act doesn’t apply to the Duchy, as it’s inseparable from the heir to the Throne, Prince Charles. And the last Labour government brought in a blanket exemption on the release of information about the Royals.

Alan accepts that this issue only affects a handful of Garrison residents but he’s had support from Duchy leaseholders upcountry.

And he says he won’t be deterred. He says the fight will go on and he’ll try to find another approach to solve the problem.



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