Colan bridleway saved

14 June 2017

We are delighted that Cornwall Council has rejected two planning application to station a total of 91 residential-park dwellings on land close to a public bridleway and common land, at Quintrell Downs, Colan, north Cornwall.

The threatened bridleway

The new residents would have been forced to drive along the bridleway to gain access to the A392 road to the north.

We opposed the development because it would have generated an unacceptable level of vehicular traffic on this quiet bridleway, where walkers, riders and cyclists may enjoy quiet recreation in peace.

Furthermore, the bridleway has also been registered as common land, which means that any surfacing needs the consent of the Secretary of State for Environment under section 38 of the Commons Act 2006.  This would have introduced suburbanisation alongside the continual presence of cars here.

Says local OSS member Sue Ansell: ‘The users of the very popular bridleway, Colan 9, which abuts registered common land are overjoyed that they will be able to continue to use the bridleway safely and unhindered, since the planning consent for 91 residential units was refused.  The refusal notice recognised that the residents would be heavily dependent on motor vehicles, given the distance between the proposed development and local services for aged people.’

The objectors included the St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double, the British Horse Society, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Ramblers and Open Spaces Society as well as local users of the bridleway.