Affordable housing, a converted pub and a church organ to be relocated to Italy in the latest planning applications

New plans unveiled to build affordable homes in Launceston; converting a disused pub into flats and removing an organ from a church so it can be moved to a church in Italy.

Cornwall Council receives dozens of planning applications every week, asking for permits for everything from felling trees to building new housing developments. All applications are submitted to the Council and then validated before the Council publishes it on its planning portal.

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Here you will find all planning applications that have been submitted or decided by the council. The public can also comment on the proposals that have not yet been decided on – regardless of whether you are for or against them.

We have selected some of the more interesting applications from more than 100 that have been validated by the Council over the last week.

Affordable houses planned for the village

Plans have been released to build new homes on the outskirts of a North Cornwall village, with all properties to be affordable. Developers have submitted a pre-application to Cornwall Council ahead of preparing a full planning application for the Tresmeer site near Launceston.

The pre-proposal explains that the proposals are to build eight houses and eight apartments on the site, with all plots being affordable. According to the plans, 30 percent of the real estate would be affordable property and the rest affordable rent or self-build.

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A design and access statement submitted with the pre-application states that the homes would be modular, saying these homes cost 20 per cent less to heat than conventionally built new homes and half the cost of a typical UK home.

The Churchtown Farm, Tresmeer site is considered a rural exceptional site and Council planning policy is that it should be 100 per cent affordable housing.

To find out more about the pre-application search for PA22/01083/PREAPP on Cornwall Council’s planning portal

Former pub to be converted into apartments

Plans have been presented to Cornwall Council for the conversion of a former pub into flats and the construction of two more houses next to it. The application relates to the Countryman Inn at Langdon Cross, North Petherwin, near Launceston.

The pub closed in 2019 and has been empty ever since. A design and access statement submitted with the application states that the building is “generally in poor state of disrepair with significant dampness”. It explains that the building needs “significant investments and renovations”.

As part of the new plans, the applicant intends to renovate the former tavern building and convert it into two two-storey apartments. In addition, the builders want to demolish the north-facing single-storey part of the building and replace it with two semi-detached houses.

Each property will have two bedrooms, parking and garden areas. The design and access statement states that the materials will mirror those used in the existing building and that the new homes will be “modest”.

For more information on the application or to submit comments, search the Cornwall Council Planning Portal for application number PA22/04663.

Church organ to be moved to Italy

A request has been made to remove a church organ so that it can be moved to a church in Italy. The instrument would be removed from Chynale Methodist Church in Sithney.

A document detailing the preservation efforts for the Sweetland organ was submitted with the planning application, which also seeks church use of the church.

It explains that the church closed in 2015 and that the organ has remained in place since then, but says that in other instances where organs have been left in closed churches, they have been destroyed or damaged beyond repair.

The document states: “It is proposed that the organ be moved to St Mark’s Anglican Church in Florence. Sweetland and his last apprentice, Trice, built several organs in Italy, but few survive and none are in their original condition. It would therefore be fitting that this organ finds a new home in Florence.”

It goes on to say that the history of the organ and its Cornish origins would be made available in a permanent exhibition at its new home in Italy, with booklets to take away. The brochures “would also encourage people to explore Cornwall’s many attractions”.

The Methodist groups using the church are said to “not use the organ since their musicians use guitars, keyboards and drums.”

To find out more about the application and to submit comments, search for application number PA21/11909 on Cornwall Council’s planning portal.

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