TRIP TO DAVIDSTOW MILITARY MUSEUM - THURSDAY 26TH MAY 2016

Due to the original date clashing with various other activities, we have changed it to Thursday 26th May. I hope this means that more members will be able to join us for what promises to be a fascinating and informative event.

An invitation is attached for you to complete and return to Nicola together with your cheque and, most importantly, your choice of pasty, if required.

Please return the reply slip and your cheque to Nicola in good time, but at the latest by Monday 23rd May.

BODMIN MOOR DARK SKY PROJECT

There was a meeting at Jamaica Inn on 15th April to promote Cornwall Council application for Bodmin Moor to become an official Dark Sky Park.

You will recall that at our AGM in November Dr Wayne Thomas gave us a very informative talk on this project and now it is going forward with the backing of Cornwall Council. They are inviting as many people as possible to send in their support before the end of the consultation period on 2nd May
Further information is available on the website: www.cornwall.gov.uk/darksky

I have submitted a letter on behalf of the Society supporting the project, but would encourage you to send in your individual support using the attached form

NEED FOR AN EXAMINER OF THE SOCIETY’S ANNUAL ACCOUNTS

We are looking for a volunteer with relevant experience who would be prepared to examine the annual accounts and sign them off as being correct. This is not a statutory requirement but simply a reassurance to members that an independent person has examined the accounts and found them satisfactory. A professional qualification is not necessary. Please contact our Treasurer Martin Saunders (Tel: 01841 520080 or saunders@hursley.org) if you know of anyone who would be willing to undertake the task.

PLANNING

It is good to report that there has not been a single turbine application in our area since the last newsletter. However, the damage inflicted on the countryside by solar farms is considerable and we will continue to object and do all we can to stop them in our area of concern.

Talk is hotting up in the planning world concerning the amendments proposed for the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The main concern is housing, particularly brownfield sites v greenfield sites. Brownfield sites are quicker to be completed and of course have strong government support. However, they are more costly for the developer who will do all he can to avoid them and build on greenfield.

The amount of available brownfield sites in our area is limited and it would appear that the estimated number of new homes required up to 2030 has been inflated as written into the draft Cornwall Council Local Plan. The true local need does not appear to carry much planning weight. Perhaps it is selfish, but the result of this may be to draw people in from other parts of the country where there is a more serious shortage of housing.

Local plans are proposed to be the subject of another amendment. Time for preparation is to be limited to two years with a simplification of the evidence in their drafting. There will be a clearer and simplified approach to calculating housing needs and a standard calculation of the 5 year supply of building land.

We are still hoping that parishes in areas in the Camel Valley and around Bodmin Moor will prepare neighbourhood plans. It would make it much easier should we have to fight an inappropriate development. The big development near Egloshayle which may become an official application in the autumn is likely to be opposed by the Society.

The list of current applications for wind turbines, solar farms and general development can be found on the
Current Concerns page

As always, may I remind you that members of the Society are our eyes and ears and it is important that you let a trustee know if there are planning issues that you feel should be brought to our attention.

And finally, just to let you know that we are planning a Wine Tasting Evening at Carruan Farm, Polzeath in early September. Tamsin Jones of Mission Wines (www.missionwines.co.uk) will be presenting the wines and appropriate light food will be served. Possible dates will be Thursday/Friday 8th/9th September. More information nearer the time, but I hope this will prove to be a popular event for our members.

In the meantime, I look forward to seeing you on 26th May.

Richard Vyvyan-Robinson
Chairman