Beach houses and holiday lodges planned for Penhale Camp in Cornwall

New plans have been revealed for the redevelopment of a former military camp with beach houses. CABU has submitted a planning application for the new development at Penhale Camp near Holywell Bay.

The request seeks to demolish some of the Ministry of Defense (MOD) buildings on the site, construct nine beach houses and renovate some of the existing buildings. These include a bungalow to create a two bedroom house and the existing farmhouse to create two semi-detached properties.

According to plans, the new homes will be a mix of two-, three- and four-bedroom properties. There will be 23 parking spaces provided on the site for the new homes.

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A design and access statement submitted with the plans states: “The proposal aims to enhance the existing brownfield site through careful planning and landscape design. Designs will respond to the complexity and challenges of the context and site.

In a planning statement, the applicants explain that in addition to the beach house plans, they have also submitted a separate application for 67 vacation cabins. This goes hand in hand with plans for leisure facilities including a spa, swimming pool and sauna.

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In a pre-application document, the applicants pointed out that Cornwall Council had previously granted planning permission for the Penhale Camp site for 132 homes and commercial buildings. This building permit was never executed.

The new plans suggest a mix of properties which would include residential development alongside holiday homes. All development is confined to the old Penhale training camp and uses sites that had been previously built.

In the planning statement, the applicants state: ‘The site is a very significant brownfield site which has been vacant since the Ministry of Defense closed its operations in 2010 and is in urgent need of repurposing to ensure another sustainable use. The application proposals represent an appropriate and efficient use of already developed lands that would bring a number of economic, social and environmental gains.

“The significant planning benefits derived from this scheme can be summarized as follows:

  • It will offer 12 high quality residential units;
  • It will make a valuable contribution to the housing supply in Cornwall;
  • It will promote sustainable travel to discourage car dependency;
  • It will be very attractive and will result in a significant improvement over the existing utilitarian built form associated with the former use of the site; and
  • This will create a very attractive development to help with the creation of local places.

No date has yet been set for a decision on the development application. To comment on or view the plans, search for application number PA22/02794 on the Planning Portal on the Cornwall Council website.

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