Appeal for Shepherd Huts in Porthleven dismissed by Planning Inspector

The Planning Inspector has dismissed two appeals made by Saracen House Estates Ltd (Harbour and Dock) in reference to placing several shepherds’ huts between Beacon Rd and Mount Pleasant Rd:

  • Ref PA15/03264; the proposed is siting of four shepherds huts for holiday use, formation of car parking spaces, widening of access (including removal of part of existing stone-hedge), together with associated works, and;
  • Ref PA15/06091, the development proposed is siting of two shepherds huts for holiday use, formation of car parking spaces, widening of access (including removal of part of existing stone-hedge) together with associated works.

In the refusal of the appeal, the inspector applied significant weight to the AONB Management Plan which is due to its fairly up-to-date adopted status in protecting the setting of the AONB, including that of the Conversation Area. And, the Cornwall Design Guide (the Design Guide) which is also a fairly recently adopted document to which significant weight can therefore be applied in respect of its role in, amongst other things, supporting development that relates to, respects, and sits well in its local context.

A typical shepherd hut design.

A typical shepherd hut design.

The appeal site is one such area of key open space in Porthleven, identified as such in the (Porthleven) Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Strategy to which the inspector have applied significant weight, again due to its fairly recent endorsement by Cornwall Council, following a consultation process.

In summing up, the inspector found that the settings of the listed harbour walls and the boundary stone would be preserved. However, this does not lessen the harm that the inspector otherwise found would be caused in respect of the character and appearance of the Conversation Area and the setting of the Ship Inn.

Looking at the bigger picture, there needs to be consistency in appeals. As if you used the same decision for refusing this appeal, then the large building on Frankie’s Allotment that was given planning permission at a appeal last year, should never have been given permission because of its impact to the ‘green wedge’ in this area.

With the inspectors decision, it stops any further application for shepherd huts in this area.




  • A.C. Citizen

    I, for one, am glad another seasonal business is not setting up shop in Porthleven. There needs to be a focus on the people who live here rather than the people who come here for 2 months out of the year and spend lots of money. Young people are struggling, surviving on badly paid service jobs because that’s all the economy has to offer. Ask yourself, how many locals can afford to actually live in Porthleven proper?

  • Vivian

    In many ways, I have no right to comment, as I am a seasonal visitor to Cornwall myself. But I do have a concern for the locals, (both in Cornwall and in Wales which has similar problems) and make sure for instance, that I buy from local farm shops whenever possible.
    However, I don’t see the point of endlessly moaning about the visitors on the one hand, but not employing flare and imagination in encouraging local businesses. Isn’t it about time everyone sat down and started thrashing out possibilites?
    The problem with Cornwall, is that it is right down on one end of the country. I live in Milton Keynes (unfortunately) and lots of big businesses move there because they can have distribution centres, fairly cheaply, and they can transport goods all over the UK.
    It seems to me that Cornwall, due to the inconvenience of the location, should be encouraging the kind of entrepreneurs who are able to work in a small space, and mainly online: the kinds of people who would love to work somewhere like Cornwall, but it would not be a handicap because of its location. At the same time as attracting these kinds of small/micro businesses from outside, it should be possible to put ideas into the heads of some young locals, so they see how they could start up their own businesses. (Not forgetting that many local youngsters don’t want to stay in Cornwall – they want the big cities and bright lights!)
    The combination of highly innovative individuals from outside, and local young people who need a bit of encouragement to open their eyes to new possibilities, could be very positive and exiting.

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