Local tourist railway expansion undermines local amenity

Plans by a private railway company in Cornwall to extend the railway line and platforms would have an unacceptable impact upon the amenity of local residents, an inspector has decided.

The scheme involved constructing 350 metres of additional track and extending the platform and parking area. The appellant stated that this would increase the attractiveness of the line to tourists and local residents and would increase income within the local economy. Limitations on the number of train journeys could be restricted by condition, the appellant stated.

Although the benefits were afforded significant weight the inspector decided that the proximity to two residential properties meant that the appeal had to fail. The properties would be 25 metres from the proposed track which would be elevated relative to gardens with limited screening by trees particularly in the winter months. No mitigation of this harm had been provided by the appellant and the visual and noise intrusion was sufficient to dismiss the appeal.

Inspector: John Wilde; Written representations

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