Carlyon Bay sea defences

Cornwall Councillors have refused an application by developers to keep controversial sea defences at Carlyon Bay near St Austell.

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Plan to keep controversial sea defences refused

Councillors voted 11 to 2 in favour of refusing the application to keep the piling for another 3 years. Credit: ITV News West Country

Cornwall Councillors have refused an application by developers to keep controversial sea defences at Carlyon Bay near St Austell.

CEG - the company behind a £250 million scheme - wanted to retain the temporary 80 metre long sheet piling for another 3 years.

But councillors voted 11 to 2 in favour of refusing the application, despite the planning officer's recommendation to approve it.

Local campaign group Carlyon Bay Watch says it is 'delighted' with the decision and is calling on Cornwall Council to enforce the planning law to make CEG remove the structures which it says are 'blighting what should be St Austell's best asset'.

Calls to take down Carlyon Bay sea defences

Objectors have called for the removal of sea defences at a Cornish beauty spot.

The 80 metres of defences at Carlyon Bay in south east Cornwall are protecting an information centre.

It's linked to a proposed £250 million development which it's hoped will be started in 2016.

But more than 700 people have signed a petition calling for the defences to be removed.

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