Tree officer backs calls to refuse 'glamping' site near Colan
A PLANNED new "glamping" business in woodland near Colan could damage the local ecology, a planning officer has said.
Charlie Hoblyn's plans for the new business, comprising 25 yurts, an amenity and shower block as well as the conservation of existing buildings at Fir Hill Woods, goes before council planning chiefs tomorrow. However, the authority's strategic planning committee has recommended Mr Hoblyn's plans be refused.
Cornwall Council case officer Claire Broughton said: "The proposed new tourism development, by reason of its scale and location in an inappropriate location within the open countryside, would result in an unsuitable and unsustainable form of new tourism provision within the open countryside.
"It has not been justified that this proposal meets needs that are not being met by existing tourist facilities, including those in rural service centres."
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The council's tree officer also had concerns over the management of the woodland and site and the clearing site could have on the environment.
"I strongly urge that the applicant is encouraged to withdraw this application on the basis the development will need to demonstrate there is a plan for management of the site in the interests of good arboricultural and silvicultural management," the tree officer said in a report.
"I advise the application includes proposals for woodland management and intended access arrangements. I am not supportive of the proposals on the basis they pose a significant risk to trees which is evidenced by the damage caused by the apparent unauthorised works to date. The harm that has been caused is just the type of damage I would have been seeking to avoid."
In February the Cornish Guardian reported how horse riders had become embroiled in a dispute with Mr Hoblyn over their access to the woodland.
Mr Hoblyn said the footpath did not have higher rights and was therefore not a bridle path. But the riders claimed to have hacked out along it for decades and feared a tradition will be lost if they are forbidden to continue.