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Work starts on Goonhilly quarry lodges at heart of planning battle
2:00pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
The first of ten eco lodges has been built at a disused quarry near Goonhilly Downs, more than seven years after the idea was conceived.
Made out of glass and timber, the lodge has been built overlooking a ten-acre lake at Trevassack Quary as part of a complex called Serpentine.
It is the latest development by Charteroak Estates, which builds luxury timber eco-lodges on behalf of land owners.
The scheme won planning permission on appeal last September. Cornwall Council had refused the scheme when it first came before members at the start of 2012, describing it as “unjustified, sporadic and unsustainable new holiday accommodation” that ran the risk of setting “an undesirable precedent.”
A local protest group was also formed, claiming the quarry was a recognised area of outstanding natural beauty and site of special scientific interest that was home to varied wildlife.
However Michael Shaw, from Charteroak Estates, said at the time that the application had received the support of planning officers and was also backed by Natural England and the AONB officer.
This week he added: “I’m extremely pleased to finally see this development underway. This is an environmentally friendly use of a derelict site.
“We’re not disturbing wildlife, but in fact sensitively enhancing the environment as confirmed by Natural England. The lodges are to be placed on already existing hard surfaces of the former quarry.
“We have already received a lot of interest from potential buyers of these dedicated holiday homes, which will prevent second home buyers from depleting existing local market housing stock exacerbating the struggle that locals have affording homes where they live and work.”
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