A housebuilding company appears to have relented in its efforts to chop down a landmark Monterey pine on a hillside overlooking in Penryn.

WJ Ladd had repeatedly applied for permission to fell the tree - which the company claimed posed a risk to pedestrians and cars at its Vinery Meadow development - and put additional parking in its place.

But after the last planning application was refused, the firm has now submitted a proposal which retains the pine, while still adding six parking spaces to the seven home site.

A design and access document accompanying the new application states: "The proposal is to increase the number of parking spaces from the previously approved arrangement of 10 designated spaces plus two visitor spaces to a more adequate provision of 14 designated spaces and an additional four visitor spaces. This would provide two designated spaces for each dwelling, as well as a reasonable visitor allocation."

It also notes that following refusal of the previous application, the revised proposal "addresses the planning authority’s comments.

"The main difference with this proposal is the retention of the Monterey pine tree that is present on the site. The root protection measures that are already in place will be extended to the additional parking area."

The applicants have said there is a need for more parking spaces as currently cars left on the pavement and road at Vinery Meadow cause an obstruction to larger vehicles, and could make access difficult in an emergency.

The latest application should be discussed at the next meeting of Penryn's planning committee, and can be viewed and commented on at Cornwall Council's planning website by searching for reference PA17/07789.