PLANS to build a contemporary house in the middle of the Cornish countryside were rejected after councilors said it was not the right location for a ‘Grand Design style’ property.
Paul Sessions had applied for permission to construct the house on land near Merrymeeting Farm, Tresarrett, Blisland, and the application was submitted this morning to the Cornwall Council East Sub-Region Planning Committee this morning.
The town planners had recommended that the plans be refused, saying that they would have a negative impact on an area of great landscape value (AGLV) and would constitute “an unacceptable form of development in the countryside”.
According to the plans, the house would be made up of a series of connected geometric buildings that revolved around the various shapes found in Cornish hedges.
Several comments to the planning committee mentioned that the single story home looked like the type of property seen on the popular Channel 4 TV show Grand Designs.
The request was submitted on the grounds that it conforms to the national development policy which allows development in rural areas if it is of exceptional quality. As part of the application process, the plans had been submitted to the South West Design Review Panel who agreed that the design was of such architectural merit.
Planning officer Aimee Williams, explaining why the plans should be refused, said: place. ”
Blisland Parish Council unanimously supported the request when they considered it in a meeting and board chair, Stephanie Meads said: “This is for a Grand Design style home at the campaign. This can be allowed if they are truly exceptional or innovative and meet the highest architectural standards. It is of an exceptional architectural design and the council believes that this would add to the quality of the housing in the parish.
Mr. Sessions addressed the committee and explained that the house would be carbon negative and produce more energy than it needed.
He said my wife and I had “always wanted to build our own house” and said they chose the location where they would ideally like to live.
Cornwall advisor for Lanivet, Blisland and Bodmin St Lawrence, Jennifer Cruse, had opposed the plans. In a statement read to the committee, she said: “I’m concerned that this type of Grand Design development could open up a Pandora’s Box of similar types of development in Cornwall.”
Committee member Dominic Fairman (St Teath and Tintagel) said he was not sure about the plans, but said: “Are we supporting great new designs and if we do, is this the right place to? them ? It is really difficult. ”
Barry Jordan (Camelford and Boscastle) said he felt this was the wrong location for such modern design and would be better suited in a city.
John Fitter (St Columb Minor and Colan) agreed, saying he thought it was a “country carbuncle, that would be wonderful in a city environment”. He said he was concerned about the impact on the AGLV as well as the effect on the dark sky area due to possible light pollution. He said he had no hesitation in supporting the refusal recommendation.
Adrian Parsons (Altarnun and Stoke Climsland) said: “It’s an innovative design, someone is trying to do something a little different. But I’m really uncomfortable with the location.
The planning officers explained that the location would have been part of the information on which they based their decision.
Cllr Fitter’s proposal to deny the building permit in accordance with the officer’s recommendation was accepted by eight votes for and three against.