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Plan for wine bar and flat at harbour given approval

By West Briton  |  Posted: October 18, 2012

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PORTHLEVEN Harbour and Dock Company boss Trevor Osborne had mixed fortunes at the town council's meeting on Thursday.

His plan for a new wine bar for the port was approved but he was criticised for remarks he made following last month's meeting.

Mr Osborne applied for permission to change the use of and extend the long vacant china clay store in Mount Pleasant Road to form a wine bar and residential flat.

His representative, Jo Booker, told the council the store was an "iconic" part of Porthleven but a "somewhat disfiguring site at the harbour it sits on" which had not been used much for 35 years.

The plan was for the creation of a residential flat at the store, which had earlier received permission for change of use.

She said planners at County Hall were supportive of the proposal as the site was "listed". They wanted to see work start as soon as possible.

Town councillors were broadly in support, especially regarding the flat being used in conjunction with any business at the store.

Elly Wilson, who led the discussion, said there were no objections to the plan on Cornwall Council's planning website.

The only proviso the town council requested was that the development did not encroach into the road.

Mr Osborne fared less well earlier in the meeting when mayor Mark Berryman referred to the flying of flags on Harbour Head, owned by Mr Osborne's company.

At last month's meeting there was criticism that the flags were flown before permission was granted.

Mr Osborne told the West Briton at the time that the council had not wanted to be involved in the flag flying "so I said, 'I will do it without you'".

He further claimed it was that sort of behaviour that led to retrospective applications.

But Mr Berryman referred to minutes of a meeting three years ago at which, following an approach from the company, the council agreed to form a working party to look at flag flying in the port. He added: "That was the last we heard of it."

On the issue of retrospective applications, he added: "Whether you have the support of the council or not doesn't affect whether you make a retrospective application."

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