The Carbis Bay Hotel began work on the buildings used for the summit in June without a building permit
Last updated on July 23, 2021
More than 380 people have now opposed a controversial planning request for the Carbis Bay Hotel to keep buildings built without permission.
The hotel has started work on the three meeting room buildings after being chosen by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to host the G7 summit in June.
There were beach protests and Cornwall Council advised the hotel to stop work after a deluge of complaints from people unhappy that work had started without a building permit.
The hotel had claimed that the meeting rooms were necessary to accommodate world leaders and delegates attending the G7 summit, but the Cabinet Office denied they were necessary.
A previous request to develop the site had been refused in 2018 and opponents had asked the council to issue a notice of stoppage of work.
However, the owners of the hotel then submitted a work planning request and the council said it would allow them to go through the proper process before deciding whether any action should be taken.
The request was submitted in March and still appears on the council’s website as “awaiting decision”. The next meeting of the West Subzone Planning Committee, Monday July 26, does not have the request on the agenda.
However, while the status of the request is unknown, opponents have continued to comment on the council’s planning portal.
There are now 383 objections on the website without supporting comments.
One of the most recent is that of Mr D Harding who said that while he had no objection to the buildings themselves, he objected to them being built without permission.
He said: “I do take issue, however, with the fact that they were built without a building permit which sets a very dangerous precedent for Carbis Bay in particular and as such I think the council has a great opportunity to give the example in this case.
“It often seems like the rich don’t need to play by the rules, but you don’t have to be so blatant about it.
“I think the council will do enormous damage to the public’s confidence and goodwill if it decides to approve this request and the buildings are to be removed and the land restored.
“The hotel should be forced to swallow the cost of trying to get around the rules the rest of us have to follow.”
Tracey Walker commented: “The destruction of this area has caused irreparable damage and the only way forward is to reject the request and force the owners to remove the buildings and associated works and do everything in their power. to make the site as close to the original habitat as possible. is possible “.
Sarah White said: “The fact that the owner ignored the laws we all respect and proceeded with construction work after the destruction of flora and fauna to complete these awful sheds, despite the advice of the council of stopping construction works shows how inept this planning system is. is”.
She added: “If this request is accepted despite all objections, it will be the laughing stock of the planning department and set a precedent for construction going out of hand and people doing essentially what they want.”
In a statement previously released by the hotel, he said: “Investments in the field over the past few years, including our on-site energy hub, have solidified Carbis Bay’s position as one of the UK’s best and greenest destinations, in one of the most beautiful bays of the country.
“We appreciate that our passion and commitment to the environment is shared by many, and we would like to dispel the misunderstanding on social media and reassure our guests and neighbors about the area we are working on right now.
“Part of our long-standing plans for the estate included clearing a small area of self-seeded scrubland to the side of the hotel, and work on this area began several years ago. We can confirm that this was not an old growth forest and that there are no badgers on this land.
“We are working closely with a local landscaping team to increase planting in this area by replacing the scrubland with a plethora of trees and plants more suited to the coastal environment.
“The southwest coast trail is fully open and there are no plans to reroute it. Our commitment to this important route through the estate includes improving the existing surface to improve access and safe passage to the beach.
“Carbis Bay Estate is committed to sustainability and is dedicated to protecting the environment now and for generations to come.”
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