Planning Cornwall: Trelissick car park decision because people think it would be road rage

One of the most controversial planning applications ever to be submitted in mid-Cornwall was discussed at Cornwall Council today. Concerns have been raised that it could have a major impact on the running of one of the Duchy’s best-loved businesses.

In the most controversial local application ever, the National Trust has applied to increase parking at its Trelissick estate in Feock, near Truro, to meet growing visitor demand and stop the queues of cars which during peak summer periods are known to that I reserve for B3289. The road leads to the King Harry ferry crossing the Fal River to the Roseland peninsula.

The trust wants to increase the car park by 104 spaces in total, to 524, by altering the current car park to include 299 spaces and creating an additional 225 space car park in the woodland and orchard on Dicky Lane on the opposite side of the road. The work would also include a pedestrian crossing leading from the new car park to the house, gardens and riverside park.

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It was the crossing that particularly disturbed a meeting of the council’s central sub-area planning committee today (Tuesday, May 7). Many councilors worried it would lead to queues and delays, passengers and emergency vehicles missing ferry crossings and even road rage from angry drivers desperate to get to the ferry on time.

Garrick Royle, managing director of King Harry Ferry Co, said the traffic flow monitoring undertaken by the trust was unrealistic and did not take into account the number of vehicles leaving the ferry to pass by Trelissick.

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