Controversial monkey puzzle tree plot application in Truro is refused
A CONTROVERSIAL application to build a house on a small piece of amenity land in Truro has been thrown out.
More than 30 letters was sent to Cornwall Council urging it to reject a plan to build a three-bedroom home with parking at David Penhaligon Way.
The land, which included a monkey puzzle tree, was sold to a Camborne man for £8,000 in September last year.
But last month in a race against the community trying to save the cherished tree and the landowner trying to obtain permission to build a house, the tree was lost.
Just days after a tree officer at Cornwall Council told planning department colleagues the monkey puzzle was ripe for protection under a tree preservation order (TPO), it was cut to a stump.
Opponents of the plan said if it was to be approved the scheme would worsen what is already a dangerous blind road junction, the plot is too small for a detached house, car space and garden and that it is designated as a public open space.
Neighbours living at David Penhaligon Way have welcomed the refusal today.
One of them, Barry Jackson, told the West Briton: "This is great news.
"It is great that they are not going ahead but it is a shame that we lost the tree in the process.
"It gave a lot of character for the area."
Truro City Council refused the application unanimously on January 11.
Members felt the piece of land was and should remain as a public amenity space in line with a condition on the original planning consent, because it would be unneighbourly and it would cause a crammed form of development.