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Parking plans for llama site approved

By West Briton  |  Posted: May 15, 2014

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A LLAMA-BASED attraction will be able to provide more facilities for visitors after plans for improved parking and toilets were approved.

Despite objections, Llama Lland was granted planning permission by Cornwall Council for a toilet, shower block and parking area on Monday.

Visitors to the attraction at Penare Farm, St Allen, currently park in a field and use a single toilet cubicle.

Owner Tom Tripp originally planned to apply for an extended area for camping and caravans but withdrew that element.

St Allen Parish Council objected to the scheme due to a loss of agricultural land and overdevelopment.

Local Cornwall councillor Mike Eathorne-Gibbons told the planning committee: "As a one-time small businessman I give full weight to this venture.

"However, in my view, the downsides outweigh the upsides ... no matter what the planning officer says, this application is not simply infrastructure for the existing business. This is an application with a clear view of increasing and expanding the business."

Mr Eathorne-Gibbons said there were local concerns about increased traffic around the site leading to accidents.

Committee member Councillor John Fitter said as the farm was open year round it needed the hard-standing for parking and he supported the application.

Councillor John Dyer objected to the plans, saying: "I don't think anyone here would expect me to support the use of grade two agricultural land for anything other than farming."

He already despaired at the amount of farmland being turned into solar and wind farms and highlighted that land on Penare Farm was already being used for solar panels.

He said: "It is one more nail in the coffin of a great farm."

Committee vice-chairman, Councillor David Hughes, said he could see no valid planning reason to refuse the application and it should be supported by the council.

The committee voted 10 to 1 in favour with three abstentions.

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