Penhale Dunes is set within what used to be a former army camp that originally supported the D-Day landings into occupied France. It is a Special Area of Conservation and Site of Special Scientific Interest. Becoming surplus to Ministry of Defence needs in 2005, Penhale Training Camp on the north Cornwall Coast is a site that PBA, now part of Stantec has helped to re-invent as a new local Cornish community for Comparo Ltd.
PBA was instructed to secure a meaningful and viable planning permission. Innovation in design, community consultation and specialised long-term management regimes proved essential to PBA’s planning team for securing permission in 2018 to demolish 90 contaminated buildings, restore the landscape and rebuild a community.
The 150-dwelling, mixed-use scheme took its cues from Cornish fishing villages by bringing development into a compact form within the valley landscape to shelter inhabitants from the Celtic Sea weather. This allowed the transformation of the wider scarred landscape through the removal of dispersed buildings across the headland and the introduction of new recreational and biodiverse habitats that will support traditional Cornish farming practices.
The local community and stakeholders sat at the centre of the project’s development. Each stage of the scheme’s evolution was discussed and considered in detail by the Parish Councils. PBA managed the client responses to Natural England, The Environment Agency, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, RSPB and National Trust and, sought out solution to several complex, competing needs.
With unanimous support from Cornwall Council, PBA is now assisting Comparo with the task of preparing the site for delivery. After almost 70 years of military occupation, this site is now being re-invented as part of North Cornwall’s costal community.