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Helston Railway planning permission application resubmitted

By West Briton  |  Posted: February 06, 2014

By Chris Matthews

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A REVISED application for planning permission has been submitted to Cornwall Council to build a new home for Helston Railway.

This comes just months after the group was forced to withdraw its initial application.

Helston Railway chairman Richard Barnes said: "We've done the best we can to make these plans suitable for everyone.

"We have listened to the public and made changes as a result of the opposition we faced last time.

"This time we have dropped plans for the amenity and picnic area due to the original complaints about possible noise."

The earlier application met opposition from people living near the site, who then went on to form Prospidnick and Chynhale Against the Train (PACT). Proposed developments to the site at Trevarno Farm, Lower Prospidnick, would include the extension of the existing railway track and the construction of a temporary platform and a car park.

Mr Barnes believed the development of the railway could be a vital boost to the local economy.

He said: "Any business that brings tourists into the area must surely be of value.

"Trevarno Organic Skincare is an important local business and if we can bring more people to them then it can only be a good thing."

The plans appear to have received some good feedback so far, with local resident John Ball pledging his support on the Cornwall Council planning website.

He wrote: "The recent loss to the tourist industry of Trevarno Gardens makes it more urgent that Helston Railway should be allowed to grow as a replacement. Not only is the development likely to bring economic benefits to the area, but it will also bring a lot of pleasure to local people as well as holidaymakers."

Thomas Dobson wrote: "It is something really different for people to get involved in and it is these community links that will grow with the development of the railway, on the success of this application.

"It also offers a possibility for the involvement of local schools for educational and recreational visits and while it may not be at this stage yet, it is more than possible that the railway itself may create job opportunities for people in the future.

"I feel that this is extremely important at a time when we are seeing more and more people losing their jobs."

The application will be decided by Cornwall Council in the coming weeks.

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