A planning application for a new park and ride system for Scillonian III passengers is to be presented to Cornwall Council’s Strategic Planning Committee on Thursday.

A report in The Cornishman says the proposed scheme could go ahead on agricultural land near Lelant Downs.


The landowners propose to use some of their land as relief parking for visitors during the holiday season to provide 450 car parking spaces. The land would then revert to agricultural use in November through to March for the grazing of sheep.


The planning application was submitted after the applicants saw an article in The Cornishman in October 2015, highlighting the forthcoming loss of almost 500 car parking spaces in Penzance at the former Jewson's site in Coinagehall Street and the former Trelawney Garage at the foot of Morrab Road, which was used by holidaymakers travelling to the Isles of Scilly.


According to the planning application, the applicants 'have identified a demand for this type of facility as currently there is no dedicated parking provision for passengers using the ferry, who currently have to either park in a public car park in Penzance or use on-street parking methods.'


The proposed facility will be operated as a commercial enterprise and will include a shuttle bus to transport passengers to and from the ferry terminal.


The application also states that 'in locational terms it is considered the site is well located to the main road network for West Cornwall and is conveniently located from the main A30 at the St Erth roundabout.'


It adds that while a site closer to Penzance may seem more desirable, there are no suitable sites available for such a facility.


This proposal would bring wider benefits to the area in that the number of vehicles entering Penzance to travel on Scillonian III would reduce and therefore contribute to a reduction in carbon emissions during the summer months.


Lelant Parish Council have also advised that they raise no objection to the proposal.

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