From the Cornish Guardian:

PLANS for a Gypsy caravan to settle permanently on a designated wildlife site in St Blazey have been earmarked for approval by county planning chiefs.

The site at the Paddock, Carne Cross, near St Blazey – which will also include the building of a dayroom measuring six by six metres – will go before Cornwall Council’s Central Sub-Area Planning Committee today.

Heard at County Hall, Truro, the planning application includes parking, room for turning and a play area and for the foul drainage to be discharged to a cesspool.

The site, at which its temporary planning permission granted in 2008 expired in August this year, is within an area believed to contain China clay, a council report said.

However, the plans have proved controversial, with Luxulyan Parish Council objecting on the grounds that a proportion of the land lies within a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation.

In its submissions to Cornwall Council, parish council chiefs said it wanted the application referred to the planning committee where it will be making further comments tonight.

Comments from Environmental Protection included: “As this is now going to be a permanent residential dwelling a contamination assessment should be submitted at the application stage, as this is a proposed use that will be particularly vulnerable or sensitive to the presence of contamination.”

The site lies about two miles to the south east of Penwithick, close to the Eden project. Adjoining the site to the north and east are highways, and to the west and south is open land. It measures about 310sq m in total.

Case officer Gemma Halstead said in her report to the committee that the plans should be approved.

“The development is justified in the context of policies for Gypsies and Travellers and would contribute to meeting the need for sites.

“The site is not located within any landscape or character designations and the encroachment into the countryside is limited.

“The development is reasonably well located in relation to services and facilities. The scheme is therefore considered to comply with the advice contained.”

However, the plans would be subject to a list of conditions if approved.

These include that the site shall not be occupied by any persons other than Gypsies and Travellers and the residential use shall be restricted to the stationing of no more than two caravans at any time.