CONCERNS have been raised over the potential loss of trees and wildlife habitat in St Ives after the Treloyhan Manor Hotel lodged an application to sell off 16 building plots in its own grounds.
The hotel, built in 1892 as a home for St Ives’ shipping magnate Sir Edward Hain, sits on a drive off the main Trelyon Avenue, the gateway to St Ives, opposite the Tregenna Castle Hotel.
It has a magnificent view over Carbis Bay and 11 acres of its own wooded grounds.
The 100-guest hotel, owned by Christian Guild Holidays, is to be renovated, if permission is granted, to include seven new rooms and five self-catering units.
Clearance work would then create building plots for 16 homes with 23 new parking spaces.
The hotel renovation would create five new full-time jobs and ten new part-time jobs, according to Christian Guild
But some local residents fear that work to clear the plots for building will have a negative impact on what is a beautiful location.
A compulsory tree survey carried out for the architects showed that 60 trees in the grounds – an estimated 5 per cent of the total number – would have to be chopped down.
The owners are proposing replacing them with 70 new ones but residents and people who walk near the grounds have said they are worried.
In a letter to Cornwall Council, George and Jeanette Miller, who live in one of the original houses built on the estate, said: “The undeveloped woodland fronting Treloyhan Avenue, which clearly has a long history and an important environmental quality, will be substantially lost.
“At the moment it plays a key role in maintaining the visual quality of the approach to St Ives and provides a “green finger” which penetrates the increasing built-up area northwards.
“The plans as drawn suggest that there will be a minimal loss of trees and shrubs in the area and that the proposed dwellings would integrate sympathetically. The practical reality looks to be quite different.”
Local amateur naturalist and artist Rachael Levine, who wrote to The Cornishman about her concerns, said: “This whole habitat is a rich diversity for wildlife and flora. It would be changed forever if these plans go ahead.
“Over the years I have walked through the hotel grounds and been privileged to have observed Tawny Owl families, bats, foxes, badgers and insect-life, regularly recording my observations to Cornwall Wildlife Trust.
To lose these grounds would be an immense loss to St Ives.”
Members of the public can view the application and plans on the council’s website at
You can write to support or oppose the proposal until March 4.