Chun Downs Granted Common Land Status
AFTER more than a year of hard work by a Penwith organisation, the Chun Downs has been granted common land status by the Planning Inspectorate.
Save Penwith Moors, a campaign group set up by local residents to oppose plans by Natural England to instil barbed-wire fences across moorland, filed the application in January last year.
A decision was made by Cornwall Council earlier this month, granting the area 'common land' status.
Ian McNeil Cooke, of Save Penwith Moors, said: "It took well over a year – lots of hard work. We spent hours going up to Truro looking at documents."
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The area, which covers around 80 hectares (200 acres), lies in the south west corner of Madron parish, and includes parts of Morvah, Sancreed and St Just.
The land surrounds the Iron Age Chun Castle and is registered within the Cornish Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. "We wanted to reregister the land," added Mr Cooke. "The area is one of the most popular in west Penwith with residents and tourists.
"We feel it should be left for the public to be able to enjoy it in peace and safety."
The reregistration of the Chun Downs prevents groups erecting fencing, or carrying out other changes to the land without prior application and consent.
The castle is also under English Heritage protection, as an English monument.
Now Save Penwith Moors is hoping to see Carnyorth Common join the Chun Downs as approved common land.
The Penwith organisation has filed an application with Cornwall Council, but is likely to have to wait several months for a decision to be made.