A NEW group is highlighting concerns about development in and around Trevaunance Cove.
More than 30 people came to an open meeting called by residents Rebecca Leest and Barry Wright, who were worried about building work near their homes.
Now they have formed the Friends of Trevaunance Cove.
Mrs Leest said: "It was good to know there are other people in the village who share our concerns about the development.
"We've had one finished already and it appears there's another about to start. People seemed hurt by what's has happened; some have lived in this area all their lives and it's their heritage being destroyed.
"So many trees have been cut down; it's damaging the wildlife habitat, which has been here for so many years.
"I'm not against development, but don't understand why it can't be carried out sympathetically so we can protect the environment."
With the area lying within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), in a World Heritage Site, Mrs Leest said: "You'd have thought all those protections would prevent inappropriate development. We're concerned they're being ignored when permission is granted.
"There have been a lot of trees cut down and they aren't replaced. Some of the new buildings are said to be 'eco' buildings; if that's the case, why have trees and wildlife been lost? It upsets me.
"What's happened hasn't made this area better and I worry that it will continue that way."
The group is now soliciting help and support from local Cornwall councillors Pete Mitchell and Joyce Duffin.
Mrs Leest said: "We set the meeting up just to see whether there were other people who agreed with us. Now we want to do things properly and I hope the councillors will help us do that.
"We will then have another meeting and decide what we'll do to try and protect the area and ensure that any further development is sympathetic to the local environment."
See letter, page 24.