Land swap on Cornish common is dropped

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Mr Robert Weedon has withdrawn his plan to swap common land at Pendarves Woods Common, a mile south-west of Camborne in Cornwall.  We had objected.

Works had been constructed unlawfully on the common over a period since 2008.  In March, Mr Weedon applied to the Secretary of State for Environment to swap the area of common land which is occupied by part of a sand-school, parking areas and track, fuel pumps and tank, and post-and-rail fencing.  He offered land in exchange which the Open Spaces Society and others considered to be inferior and so they objected.

Now he has withdrawn the application.

We are delighted at this news.  We considered that the exchange was not in the public interest.  We shall invite Mr Weedon to remove the unlawful works from the common.  Failing that, Cornwall Council has powers of enforcement.

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