Port Isaac homes approved

Fisherman's Friend gets planning approval

A member of the Fisherman’s Friends found himself in front of a microphone addressing a planning committee instead of singing to fans.

by Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

Jon Cleave, from the popular singing group, was at Cornwall Council’s east sub-area planning committee on Monday morning encouraging councillors to grant him planning approval.

Mr Cleave and his wife were seeking permission to build three homes on land near their Port Isaac home.

Two of the homes would be affordable and used by their sons who live and work in the village while the third would be sold to help fund the development.

The planning application for land near Rose Hill had been recommended for refusal by planning officers who said they thought the site was too far from the village and that it would be harmful to the area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) in which it is located.

John Cleave performing with Fisherman’s Friends

Planning officer Marshall Plummer told the committee that the development could not be considered to be rounding off or infill.

St Endellion Parish Council had given its support to the development saying that it had done so from the outset.

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A spokesman for the council told the committee that the village needed to encourage affordable housing and homes which are for people who work in the village.

They said: “This is a real village, not a film set.”

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“Mr Cleave’s two sons are residents here, they own separate businesses in the village that are within a few minutes’ walk of the site. One of them is an active member of the RNLI.

“If this is successful then the parish council can use it as an example of what is possible in the village.”

Speaking to the committee Mr Cleave said he disagreed that there would be harm to the site and said what was planned was a “high quality development”.

He said: “It is a small scale, modest housing development that will provide much needed housing for my sons.

“My sons are embedded in the community as they have their businesses in the village.”

Mr Cleave said he had been “greatly encouraged” by the support from the parish council and highlighted that there had been no public objections to the plans.

Committee member Andrew Long said he considered it to be a rural exception site and said it was well connected to the village and proposed that it be approved. That was seconded by Richard Pugh.

Councillor Barry Jordan said he had visited the site and was “surprised” by it and was convinced that it was a suitable location for the new homes. He said he felt it could conserve and enhance the AONB.

He added: “If we approve it I am sure we can all become Fisherman’s Friends.”

The committee granted approval by 10 votes to three.

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