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Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site Bid

European Union

The Draft Convergence Operational Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly


Strong and Prosperous Communities - Local Government White Paper

South West Regional Assembly

Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS)

RSS Report of the Examination in Public

Regional Economic Strategy

Environment Agency

West Cornwall Catchment Flood Risk Management


SWERDA Response to Draft Regional Spatial Strategy (September 2006)

Cornwall County Council

Cornwall Waste Development Framework

Economic Forum - Strategy and Action for the Economic Development of Cornwall (updated)

Cornwall and Scilly Urban Survey (CSUS) - Hayle

Penwith District Council

01 September 2007, PDC Local Plan Policies and Proposals

17 February 2008, Local Development Framework - Core Strategy 2006-2026

24 January 2008, Hayle Area Action Plan

06 December 2007. Penwith Retail Study by GVA Grimley LLP

25 Feb 2007. Local Development Framework: Core Strategy Issues and Options

Presentations on Local Development Framework

Penwith's Vision; A Sustainable Community Strategy For Our Area

A Climate Change Strategy for Penwith

PDC Local Development Framework - Statement of Community Involvement


Market and Coastal Towns Initiative (MCTi)

Hayle Historic Assessment 2001

Hayle Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI)


Hayle Harbour Act, 1989

Harbour Byelaws, 1990

Three Councils' Agreement, 1990

Report on the Mechanical Survey of the Copperhouse Sluice Vertical Lift Gate - Kenneth Grubb Assoc. Ltd., 2006

July 2008. Hayle Estuary Management Plan

09 April 2010, Environment Agency, West Cornwall Catchment Flood Risk Management

"This plan will allow us to use a scientific approach to understand and describe how the catchment behaves and what the most sustainable flood risk management policies may be over the next 50 to 100 years. We can then use this direction to plan the most acceptable ways of managing flood risk for the long-term.
We will use the catchment flood management plan to steer our future investment in flood risk management. We hope that our public and private partners will find it useful in their decision making, especially where it can guide the planning of land use.
This plan will enable us to target our efforts and precious resources in the most beneficial way."

West Cornwall Catchment Flood Management Plan (6.5Mb)

Appendices (7.5Mb)

01 September 2007, Penwith District Council Planning Documents

The Local Plan is the current and primary document that sets the rules for planning in Penwith.  Although it will be eventually superceded it is likely to remain current at least until 2010.

01 September 2007, PDC Local Plan Policies and Proposals

A summary of Policies contained in the Local Plan

Maps showing the boundary of the various policies (click on the link for higher resolution images):

Hayle North Map

Hayle South Map

Hayle Foundry Map

17 February 2008, Local Development Framework - Core Strategy 2006-2026
The deadline for comments is 25 March 2008.

Core Strategy - Representations Form (72k)

Core Strategy - Preferred Options (2.4Mb)

Employment Topic Paper (133kb)

Retail Topic Paper (78kb)

Housing Topic Paper (156kb)

Full Sustainability Appraisal (606kb)

Proposals Matters - Stage 26 (44kb)

Core Strategy - Issues and Options (1.6Mb)

24 January 2008, Hayle Area Action Plan
The deadline for comments was 29 February 2008.

Hayle Area Action Plan - Issues and Options (600k)

Hayle Area Action Plan - Issues and Options Addendum (104k)

Hayle Area Action Plan - Map (2.3Mb)

Hayle Area Action Plan - Questionnaire (170k)

30 July 2008 Results of Questionnaires

Following the consultation period, the questionnaires have now been tabulated and some preliminary results arrived at.

Hayle Area Action Plan - Questionnaire Responses (1Mb)

Hayle Area Action Plan - Report to PDC Social, Economic and Environment Committee (60kb)

Hayle Area Action Plan - Report to PDC Social, Economic and Environment Committee, Appendix with Summary (180kb)

Hayle Area Action Plan - Summary and Overview of Representations (260kb)

David Clough's Presentation on the HAAP (84kb) to the Hayle Area Plan Partnership summarising the situation so far.

06 December 2007. Penwith Retail Study by GVA Grimley LLP
Penwith Retail Study - Report (4.5Mb)
Penwith Retail Study - Appendices (4.5Mb)

Hayle Harbour Act, 1989

An Act to establish the Hayle Harbour Company Limited as a harbour authority and to confer upon that company certain powers to enable them to operate Hayle Harbour as a public harbour undertaking; to construct works in the harbour; and for other purposes.  Click here.

Harbour Byelaws, 1990

Byelaws enacted under the Hayle Harbour Act 1989.  Click here.

Three Councils' Agreement

Agreement among: the Hayle Harbour Company, Nature Conservancy Council (now Natural England), Cornwall County Council and Penwith District Council relating to the transfer of land to the RSPB and the operation of Copperhouse Pool.

Click here.

Report on the Mechanical Survey of the Copperhouse Sluice Vertical Lift Gate - Kenneth Grubb Assoc. Ltd., 2006
A mechanical survey of the Copperhouse Pool Flood Control Gate.  Click here (15Mb)
July 2008. Hayle Estuary Management Plan

The Hayle Estuary is an area which has a rich and diverse wildlife, landscape and historic heritage and is not only cherished by the local community but recognized both nationally and internationally. Estuaries in general, and Hayle is no exception, provide recreational opportunities and employment for local people. The challenge set by the Hayle Estuary Management Plan (Hayle EMP) is to conserve the natural and historic heritage of the estuary, which is unique, but at the same time encourage appropriate opportunities and give full recognition to the important needs of commerce, tourism and leisure interests. The Hayle EMP seeks to identify and bring together these key interests and incorporate them in a single document, making reference only to existing reports, legislation and other issues impacting on the estuary.

If you have any comments on the EMP send them to the Town Clerk for forwarding to the Hayle Harbour Advisory Committee.

Click here to download the pdf (290k)

Market and Coastal Towns Initiative

Check out the latest news and meeting dates at www.hayleareaplan.org.uk.

The Hayle Area Plan is a community-led strategic plan for the development and regeneration of Hayle and the surrounding parishes of Gwinear-Gwithian and St. Erth.  After several years in the making the plan has now been published (click here to get your own copy [5.7Mb]).  The management organisation, the Hayle Plan Partnership, is in the process of being set up and we are confident that funding will be found for a full-time Hayle Development Manager to keep the process on track.

Delivery of the projects will be in the hands of Delivery Groups and these are vital to the success of the plan. 

There will be a meeting to discuss the Delivery Groups and the projects they will handle on Tuesday, 16 January 2007 at 7:30 pm in the Hayle Day Care Centre next to the Library.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.  There are lots of exciting things planned for the Hayle Area.

The meeting will be attended, among others, by:

  • John Pollard (Acting Chairman, MCTi)
  • Simon Swale,Market and Coastal Towns Association
  • Hayle Area Forum members
  • Matt Barton, PDC Head of Sustainable Development and Improvement
  • Sally Newby, PDC Community Regeneration Manager
  • MCTi team
  • Town and District Councillors

There are five Plan Priority Areas:

  1. Traffic and transport
  2. Business,enterprise and economy
  3. Community well-being
  4. Heritage, culture and environment
  5. Tourism and sustainability

Each of the priority areas will have a 'delivery group', and one of the objectives of the meeting is get the delivery groups started.  Each delivery group will be supported by officers from PDC.

The Hayle Plan Partnership Management Team will be formed from the former Hayle Regeneration Management Group with the addition of elected representatives from St. Erth and Gwinear/Gwithian.
The Hayle Development Manager will be appointed as soon as funding can be secured.  SWERDA has already given a strong indication that it will fund this post.
The Delivery Groups will set their own priorities and take responsibility for designing and implementing their programmes.  The Management Team and Development Manager will assist with funding and PDC officers will assist with project implementation.

In addition, the MCTi team have produced a Branding Document with ideas for the branding of Hayle.  (Hayle Town Council commented that the branding document focussed too much on tourism, but the MCTi team disagreed.)

The Draft Convergence Operational Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Convergence Operational Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has been launched with the endorsement of Cornwall County Council, South West Regional Development Agency and Government Office for the South West. 

This document outlines the priorities for ERDF Convergence funding in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, 2007-2013.  Responses to the consultation should be made to the South West Regional Development Agency by Friday 16 February 2007 using the feedback form at the following address: convergence@southwestrda.org.uk


Information can also be found at www.southwestrda.org.uk .


You can read the following documents by clicking on the links:

In addition, an environmental report containing detailed data and information is available at the Objective One website, www.objectiveone.com


Susan Wilson

Objective One Partnership Office

Castle House

Pydar Street





Tel: 01872 241379

Fax: 01872 241388


Strong and Prosperous Communities - Local Government White Paper

Local Government White Paper 2006
Foreword by
Tony Blair
Prime Minister

Local government is a vital part of our democracy. The vast majority of interactions
between citizens and the state take place through local government. It provides
leadership for local areas and communities; democratic accountability for a wide range
of public services; and is the key to effective partnership working at local level.
It is therefore essential for us to do everything we can to help local government do its
job. The purpose of this White Paper is to enable local government to step up to this
role, and to enable communities to have a say in the issues that matter most to them.
Our proposals build on the investment and reform we have made since 1997. Over the
last 10 years the best local authorities have done a fantastic job and councillors up and
down the country have given their time and energy to serve their communities.
This White Paper builds on this success.
It proposes a new approach to local partnership to give local authorities more opportunity
to lead their area, work with other services and better meet the public’s needs.
It sets out the important contribution of our cities to the economic health of our
communities. We want the offer of greater power to cities and city-regions matched by
stronger governance and accountability at that level.
It puts in place a more streamlined and proportionate performance regime which
commits the Government to a radical simplification of the existing system and a
massive reduction in the number of targets for local partners.
It will strengthen local leadership everywhere, building stability and accountability to
citizens through new executive arrangements including council leaders with four year
terms and making it easier to opt for directly elected mayors or executives.
It will give more power to citizens and communities to have a bigger say in the services
they receive and the places where they live. And it will strengthen the role of the
thousands of local councillors who are at the front line of local democracy and
community engagement.

We want a new relationship with local government based on a mature conversation
about what is best for local people. We want to see local authorities rising to the
challenge of leading their areas. We want them to be more confident and more
proactive, working with their citizens to create strong, prosperous communities
which are ready to make the most of the opportunities of the 21st century.
Tony Blair
Prime Minister

Download the full documents:

Strong and Prosperous Communities - the Local Government White Paper (Vol 1) (PDF 1691 Kb) PDF 1691 Kb

Strong and Prosperous Communities - the Local Government White Paper (Vol 2) (PDF 624 Kb) PDF 624 Kb

Strong and Prosperous Communities - the Local Government White Paper (Summary) (PDF 339 Kb) PDF 339 Kb

Hayle Townscape Heritage Initiative

A Heritage-Led Sustainable Economic Regeneration Initiative in West Cornwall

  • Support the continuing regeneration of Harvey's Foundry
  • Significantly reduce the number of historic buildings at risk
  • Promote the sustainable re-use of vacant or under-used floorspace in historic buildings
  • Repair or reinstate historic shopfronts
  • Repair damaged architectural features or reinstate lost features
  • Repair or enhance historic street surfaces and furniture in key places around the town's conservation area
  • Safeguard existing jobs
  • Generate work opportunities for using traditional building skills in the repair and refurbishment of historic buildings
  • Promote creation of new long term jobs
  • Promote local traditional building trade skills and materials
  • Promote opportunities for education and training in local traditional building skills and materials
  • Promote awareness of historic buildings and places and the freely available advice about their care and protection
  • Promote awareness of sustainable conservation, construction and lifestyles
  • Promote awareness of Hayle's history and unique industrial heritage
  • Promote awareness of the evolution of Hayle's built environment

Priority Buildings

Buildings have been prioritised in various ways. A short list of high priority projects was established following the pre-bid survey of a dozen or so key properties.
The first group of buildings comprises the Harvey's Foundry complex and Phase II of works to them represents a project that is critical to the success of Hayle Townscape. Funding for Phase II is ring-fenced.

The following groups of buildings represent the balance of all specifically identified buildings:
Foundry Square

7, 8, 10, 18-20, 21, 22 & 25

Chapel Terrace

2, 3-4, 5, 6-7, 8, 9, 10a, 10-13, 15 & 16

Penpol Terrace

15, 17, 22, 23, 24, 28-29,33, 34, 36, 41 & 43

Hayle Terrace

Passmore Edwards Institute

Sea Lane


Fore Street

10, 27, 29, 47, 49, 51, 59-59a & 71

Market Square

4-6, 9 & 10

Of these, a higher priority attaches to

  • 25 Foundry Square - Year 1, complete and occupied
  • 9-10a Chapel Terrace - Year 2
  • 10-13 Chapel Terrace - Year 2
  • Biggleston's - Year 2, application in progress
  • Passmore Edwards Institute - Year 1
  • 1 Sea Lane - Year 1 , action in hand
  • 47 Fore Street - Year 1
  • 4-6 Market Square (Old Cinema) - Year 1

Regional Spatial Strategy

The appalling RSS is now at the Examination in Public (EIP) stage.  You can read the submissions and more details on the EIP process at their web site: www.southwesteip.co.uk/home/,

Penwith District Council's official submission can be downloaded here.

Hayle Town Council, at a meeting of the Development Committee, voted unanimously to respond to the draft Regional Spatial Strategy stating that the strategy fails to take account of the nature, culture or special characteristics of Cornwall.  It recognises the relative poverty of West Cornwall and takes no steps to address it - indeed the plan will increase the problem.  The Council will seek to coordinate with other town and parish councils and with Penwith District Council and Cornwall County Council. ,

Subsequently, following strong representations from me, PDC also voted to ask officers to respond strongly to the inadequacies of the strategy.  SWERDA, too, has made 72 pages of comments on the draft.

Read the RSS for yourself (over 10 Mb): Regional Spatial Strategy.

SWERDA's comments:  SWERDA-RSS

Friends of the Earth's comments:  FOE-RSS

Make your own representations to SWRA by clicking here.

Regional Spatial Strategy-Examination in Public Report

Following the Examination in Public of the Draft Regional Spatial Strategy, the panel has now produced a report which makes some substantial changes.  Hayle has been upgraded somewhat and at least gets a mention (pp 154 and 159).  They have now increased the housing provision for Penwith from 4,800 to 7,800 - a substantial increase.  There are still no Strategically Significant Cities and Towns (SSCT) in Penwith. Read it here (3.5Mb).

They don't seem to like the West Cornwall Retail Park (Marks & Spencer) much either:

"There is sense in grouping Camborne with Pool and Redruth as they are more or less
contiguous with each other. Hayle, which shares some common characteristics, is not
part of the SSCT, it is located in another authority, Penwith. In very general terms,
there is a noticeable amount of brownfield land in this area and it seems that planning
should be coordinated between both authorities (Kerrier and Penwith), if only to make
sure that ad-hoc decisions (such as those on out of centre retail stores) are not made in
the self-interests of one authority."

25 July 2008 Results of EIP

The Secretary of State's proposed changes to the RSS are covered in this presentation from David Clough.

Secretary of State's Proposed Changes to the RSS - Selected Key Points (67kb)

GOSW advises that late responses to the proposed changes will be accepted up to 5pm on the 24th of October, 2008.

25 Feb 2007. Local Development Framework: Core Strategy Issues and Options

The Core Strategy is a development plan document focused on setting out the general vision, objectives and spatial strategy for development in Penwith during the period to 2026.

The Core Strategy supports the Council's community strategy by setting out its spatial aspects and providing a mechanism for its delivery. It expresses those parts of the community strategy that relate to the development and use of land and outlines the Council's strategy for addressing identified needs and delivering strategic development, including housing, employment and leisure.

The Core Strategy is required to be kept up to date and all other development plan documents forming part of the Local Development Framework must be in conformity with it and the Regional Spatial Strategy for the South West.

The timetable for preparation of the Core Strategy is set out in the Council's Local Development Scheme.

There are a series of linked tasks involved in producing the Core Strategy, including:

  • developing the evidence base;
  • preparing issues and alternative options;
  • preparing the preferred options document and sustainability appraisal report; and
  • addressing representations on preferred options and preparing the submission development plan document and sustainability appraisal report.

Following submission of the document to the Secretary of State it will be subject to independent examination by an appointed Inspector leading to receipt of a binding report. Thereafter, subject to any amendments required, the Core Strategy will be formally adopted and published by the Council. 

The process of preparing the Core Strategy involves identification of the needs of the Penwith district in conjunction with the local community and stakeholders.

The Council has sought to engage with key groups in the area to identify issues and develop alternative options. Public consultation on the Issues & Options booklet will take place from 15th February - 30th March 2007. The booklet and questionnaire can be downloaded here (booklet, questionnaire) or the questionnaire can be completed interactively by clicking here

There are also separate Topic Papers available on the subjects of Housing, Transport and Employment to provide more detail on these issues. These can also be downloaded from the links on the right hand side of this page.

An initial Sustainability Appraisal Scoping report has also been prepared and can be downloaded.

A preferred options document, which will build upon the previous stage and set out the Council's proposed strategy and policy direction, is due to be published for more formal public consultation during July - August 2007. Following consideration of any representations received, a submission version of the Core Strategy will be prepared. This is due to be submitted to the Secretary of State in January 2008, with independent examination by an appointed Inspector scheduled to take place during September - October 2008. The Inspector's binding report is time-tabled to be received in January 2009, with formal adoption and publication of the Core Strategy by the Council anticipated to follow in February 2009.

Presentations on the Local Development Framework

The letter and form in PDF format.

Long-Term Planning for Hayle

Penwith District Council have initiated an 'Action Plan' which is a complete review of the current Local Plan and will provide the basis for land-use in Hayle for the next 10+ years.

Key Elements

The Overall Vision is: 'To support the concept of the waste hierarchy by encouraging a reduction in the quantities of all waste requiring disposal and to enable the provision of facilities to promote the re-use, recycling, composting and energy recovery of waste. Waste management facilities should be designed, located and operated in a sustainable manner which would have the minimum detrimental impact on environmental quality and local amenity'.

To implement this vision the WDF identifies 64 ‘preferred options.’  Seven of these are key objectives (the emphasis is mine):

  • to encourage the minimisation of waste through all stages of the planning process;
  • to encourage the best use of the waste generated within Cornwall by promoting (in order of priority) increased re-use, recycling, composting and recovery to reduce the quantity of waste being disposed to landfill;
  • to reduce the need for the disposal of waste by identifying sites considered suitable 'in principle' for the development of facilities for the recycling and recovery of resources and energy from waste (with the exception of specialised wastes which may require treatment and disposal outside Cornwall);
  • to provide the general public, the waste management industry and all interested parties with guidance as to the potential future location of waste management facilities;
  • to avoid locating waste management facilities where they would have unacceptable adverse impacts on the environment; to seek mitigation measures to offset unavoidable adverse environmental impacts and to secure opportunities for environmental enhancements where appropriate;
  • to ensure that adequate landfill capacity is developed and maintained to meet the needs of the County for the disposal of waste that cannot be re-used, recycled or from which energy cannot be recovered;
  • to minimise the environmental impacts of transporting waste by encouraging the location of waste management facilities as close as possible to the point where the waste is produced and the adoption of more sustainable methods for the movement of waste.

I have reviewed the plans and do not see anything controversial.  Option 55 (shown below) does mention a Resource Management Park at St. Erth and I have asked for more information on this.

Site Map: P 2 - St Erth, Hayle

Preferred Option 55

The County Council's Preferred Option is to allocate land at St Erth for the development of a Resource Management Park. Not all of the site is required and it would be appropriate to include other development on this site, but which is compatible and would not conflict with waste management uses.



Land near St Erth railway station and waste water treatment works


8.3 ha

Existing Land Uses


Potential Uses

Resource Management Park

Site Description and Planning Context

Three individual plots consisting of a small field adjacent to the existing Household Waste and Recycling Centre, an area of grassland to the north of the existing waste water treatment works and a field between the railway and the A30. All sites are allocated for employment in the adopted Penwith Local Plan (2004)

Neighbouring Land Uses

Waste water treatment works and woodland to the south. River Hayle to the east and St Erth Industrial Estate to the west. Railway running through the site with the A30 to the north.

Environmental Considerations

  • Traffic and access
  • Proximity to existing residential properties
  • Landscape and visual
  • Surface water drainage and flooding

SWERDA Regional Economic Strategy

It is now six years since South West England published its first Economic Strategy. In those few years we have seen many improvements to our region and, although we have
not delivered all that we had hoped, there have been some quite remarkable achievements.
There is now a confidence in the South West which bodes well for our future. It is the future which concerns us in this Regional Economic Strategy. The Strategy sets out an ambitious picture of the future that we seek for our growing economy and shows how that will contribute to the wider social and environmental prosperity detailed in the Integrated Regional Strategy. To achieve our ambitions we have to agree on what is important and how we can work together to deliver our priorities. A focus on delivery is the most important part of this Strategy. If it is to be meaningful, the Strategy has to resist promoting everything as being of equal importance. Some things are more important and will have greater impact than others – and the region should concentrate on dealing with these things. This version of the Regional Economic Strategy provides links to the full range of economic development activity – but, crucially, sets out a very clear sense of priorities. The Economic Strategy has been brought together following an unprecedented level of involvement from partners right across the region and from every commercial sector. Over 400 organisations have contributed their information and their ideas at meetings and in writing. This is very much a Strategy for the region as a whole.

Download the files (pdf) here:

South West Regional Assembly

The South West has a wealth of attributes which make it a popular and attractive place tow
live, work and visit. Producing a strategic plan for the region is a real challenge given its
geographic size and diversity, and special environment. The region is continuing to grow and we are facing up to this future with a strategy which aims to locate development in places where jobs and homes can be more in balance which will, we hope, in turn, reduce the need to travel so much by car. This will inevitably take time to have an effect. Much development is in the pipeline within the planning system and we will need to work through this over the next few years, but we are committed to policy and action to make our region sustainable.  Key to achieving this is sufficient resources to make sure important infrastructure can be put in place before, or at the same time as, development occurs. Only in this way can we prevent infrastructure ‘deficits’ arising in future.

Click to download the Regional Spatial Strategy.

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Economic Forum

    • Strategy and Action for the Economic Development of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (20/12/06)

      o To establish Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly as a knowledge economy and society;

      o To ensure environmental sustainability;

      o To remove economic and social disadvantage and improve the well being of people;

      o To establish Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly as a place for wealth creators and entrepreneurs and to improve economic value across all sectors.

    • Executive Summary
    • Framework Diagram
    • 2006 Evidence Base Review (12/2006)
    • 2003 Evidence Base - more detailed but only up to 2003.

Penwith's Vision; A Sustainable Community Strategy For Our Area

West Cornwall Together have recently launched their 2003 - 2006 Strategy "Delivering Together". This Strategy brings together the community strategies of Cornwall, Penwith (Penwith - A Vision for the Future) and Kerrier and that of the Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy. The three Community Strategies were developed in co-operation with other public sector agencies, local businesses and voluntary organisations - as well as ensuring that the community itself was part of the process through public consultation. West Cornwall Together's Strategy forms a genuine attempt to simplify all the strategies and partnerships and initiatives going on in West Cornwall today.

A Climate Change Strategy for Penwith

Penwith is the first local authority in Cornwall to develop a climate change strategy and we would encourage other local authorities in the County to use our strategy as a template to aid in the development of their own strategies.

Climate Change may well be the most important single issue facing our society over the next few decades. Although we cannot say that any particular severe weather event is due to climate change we do know that the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere means that extreme weather events are likely to happen more often, however effective we are at reducing emissions. It is important to realise that responding to the likely impacts of climate change is not just about reducing energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions, it is also about forward planning and adaptation.

The Strategy builds on the Cornwall Sustainable Energy Partnership's Strategy for the County and also looks at ways in which we can prepare for the consequences of climate change. The Council recognises that for the strategy to be an affective document it requires the buy-in and support of other public bodies, the business sector and the community. For this reason we would like your opinion on the strategy, in particular on the actions we intend to take and whether you consider we have selected the appropriate partners to help us take these actions forward.

Read the final document (pdf):

PDC Local Development Framework - Statement of Community Involvement (Draft) 11/2005

Although the period for comment has passed, this is good background material in how the planning process will work under the new Regional rule structure.

Cornwall and Scilly Urban Survey (CSUS)- Hayle

Hayle is one of 19 towns selected for a review of heritage-led development. 11/2005

Includes some good maps and plans.

Hayle Historic Assessment 2001

A detailed look at Hayle's heritage.  Preceded the CSUS.

Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site Bid (2005)

A bid has been prepared to place Cornwall and west Devon's historic mining landscapes on a par with such international treasures as Stonehenge, the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China.

Remarkable advances in hard rock mining and engineering technologies during the 18th and 19th centuries transformed the landscape, economy and society of the region, placing it at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution.

Distinctive physical reminders of this important past persist within the landscape - imposing engine houses and extensive relict mine sites, industrial harbours and tramways, foundry and fusework buildings, mining towns and villages, hundreds of non-conformist chapels, the glorious houses and gardens of the mineral lords, the modest smallholdings of the ordinary miners, the technical schools, miners' institutes and geological collections established for the aspiring student.

As well as recognising the unique role of Cornish Mining in shaping modern industrial society, World Heritage Site Status will bring tangible socioeconomic benefits to the region. It will draw down conservation funding, be a major asset to international tourism marketing and assist the regeneration of former mining communities.

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