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Killiow dry ski slope plans to be decided on Monday

By West Briton  |  Posted: March 16, 2014

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PLANS to transform a historic estate could be scuppered after council officers recommended refusal of two major schemes.

The Killiow Estate near Playing Place has submitted plans to build a 150-metre dry ski slope with a nursery slope, a clubhouse and parking for 72 cars, and separate plans for a 55-space caravan touring park.

Both proposals will be considered at a planning committee meeting on Monday at 2pm at the council offices at Penwinnick Road, St Austell.

Planning officers have recommended refusal of both schemes due to "insufficient information to demonstrate whether or not the development would have an adverse impact on heritage assets of acknowledged importance, including their setting".

More than 50 people have commented on both sides on Cornwall Council's planning website.

Graham Stokes wrote: "This is an application that has so many merits and benefits for Cornwall, for Truro, for the staff that work at Killiow, the new people to be employed at Killiow and for all the people in Cornwall that could benefit from the facility."

However, Peter Boggia wrote: "The Killiow Estate is a beautiful heritage area, and one which would be damaged by the inclusion of a modern dry ski slope. I have nothing against Killiow Estate wanting to establish a ski slope, but believe there will be alternate brownfield sites elsewhere which would be more appropriate for such a development."

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  • beaujester  |  March 21 2014, 8:17PM

    Mrs Collinson - I do know the area. Unfortunately Mr Sagin does not own any brownfield land on the A30 and if he did he wouldn't need to be trying to save the 20 odd jobs at the Golf Course and create 25 new ones at the snowsports centre. I also know that many great listed houses in England, that are much more significant than Killiow, have commercial operations to keep the houses in good repair. Lets see: Goodwood, Beaulieu, Longleat, Woburn, Alton Towers etc. The owner did the reports as was requested by the planning officer. Unfortunately, English Heritage do not share the same vision as the owner and the council is not obliged to take their advice. So apart from the self-interested NIMBYS - that leaves bats. So assuming there is evidence of bats and that their habitat may or may not be disrupted, are they more important than humans and their families and livelihoods? NIMBYS disgust me with their selfishness.

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  • corndog  |  March 18 2014, 8:04PM

    I think an investigation needs to take place into Cornwall planning. Wind turbines get approved in their droves yet projects that actually benefit the community and economy consistently get refused.

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  • MrsCollinson  |  March 16 2014, 5:35PM

    People do INDEED live on Killiow and care GREATLY about it's past and future. Killiow is a historical estate with MANY grade 11 listed buildings. We would all welcome a dry ski slope in Cornwall, just not on Killiow. The owner hasn't even done his homework and hasn't done the recommended surveys needed. Unless you know the area, you cannot comment on whether it's the right development. It would be much better suited of the a30 on a brown field site, instead of ruining part of Cornwall's history.

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  • beaujester  |  March 16 2014, 11:46AM

    Typical NIMBYS. I guess Peter Boggia doesn't even live there. The estate is private!!! So how does it affect him exactly? Estates have to pay their way and can't exist on fresh air! And what better way to add to an estate than something completely unique.

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