Comments (0) PLANS to refurbish, alter and extend the site of an ‘artistic legacy’ in Newlyn to create holiday lets have been met with objections from the local community.
Originals proposals for Orchard Cottage, put forward by owner and MP Mark Garnier last year, were met with more than 60 objections from local residents and authorities including Newlyn Art Gallery, Penlee House Gallery and Museum, Penzance Town Council and West Cornwall Friends of the Earth.
The Conservative MP for Wyre Forest, Worcestershire, now aims to move forward with new plans for the iconic artists’ studios on the property, built in 1916 by Garnier’s grandparents and once home to renowned artist Frank Bramley, based on the previous recommendations.
In a statement, Garnier said: ” A range of options were submitted as part of a second pre application enquiry for the site and the results of this application have informed these proposals.
“Both studios are to be refurbished in their current positions.
“The larger studio 2 will have an extension to allow a kitchen and bathroom placed where there was a previous extension (notable from the discolouring of the end boards of the studio). It will be used for minimal holiday lets.”
Demolition of existing garages will create a parking area, while plans also propose a refurbishment, alteration and extension of the existing dwelling, demolition of its extension and associated external works – which are to include a roof top terrace and an electronic gated system.
Objections for the previous proposals included issues with building on an area of conservation, and affecting the cultural heritage of Cornwall and Newlyn.
In this new set of plans, issues stated by one objector, Ms Dominic Royle, highlight that neighbours could face issues of privacy, increased noise issues from holiday visitors and loss of green space.
She said: “Access in and out of the electronic gated system could pose disruption and obstruction to local passing traffic and pedestrians. If it is to be sited in the same place as current entrance on a blind corner. Is it to be widened? If so this could result in loss of parking area for neighbouring residents.”
Other objectors include John Tellam, who opposed the original plans last year and is currently working with campaigners to decipher the structure of the new plans. He said: “Our main concern as neighbours is how these changes will impact on the artistic heritage of the Newlyn Conservation Area.”
Penzance Town Council has also stated and objection “based on inadequate parking in relation to bed space at the development.”
However, Garnier states these new plans will still honour the history of the property, with little environmental impact.
He said: “The intention is to secure a future for the studios and the house. People will be able to enjoy the history of both the house and the community in a very low impact environment.
“This is a project that I have been thinking about for 52 years. It is one born from a passion for the property and a respect for my family’s past. But it is also one born from a passion for its future as well.”