A FACEBOOK page and petition have been launched to persuade councillors to reject an application to fell 70 trees and level an area of green space to create plots for 16 homes in St Ives.
Last week The Cornishman reported on plans submitted to Cornwall Council to create building plots on the Treloyhan Manor site – historic home of Sir Edward Hain – to fund a refurbishment and extension at the hotel.
This week a Facebook page aimed at alerting people in St Ives to the plans was launched by local artist and amateur naturalist Rachael Levine.
Rachael has also launched an online petition called Stop the planning application of Treloyhan, which by Tuesday of this week had 129 signatures.
The land proposed for development is owned by the company that runs the 100-guest Treloyhan Manor Hotel, Christian Guild Holidays.
They want to develop the land – part of 11 acres of grounds – to pay for a renovation that will add seven new rooms and five self-catering units, and create 15 new jobs.
But some local residents fear that work to clear the plots for building will have a negative impact on a beautiful piece of woodland that stretches from Trelyon Avenue down to the sea.
The hotel, built in 1892 as a home for St Ives' shipping magnate Sir Edward Hain, sits on a drive off the main gateway to St Ives, opposite the Tregenna Castle Hotel.
By Tuesday there were ten letters lodged with planning authority Cornwall Council, two of them neutral and eight objecting.
In one, objector Melanie Martin wrote: "I feel Edward Hain, St Ives' first MP, may be turning in his grave, because 68 trees are identified for removal, to make way for houses and roads, all these trees other than the sycamores are regarded as safeguarded species.
"The loss of all these mature species will have a devastating harmful effect on the area and is in direct contravention of policy and this proposal should be refused."
Christine Noton wrote: "Once again an open space will be lost to this area. I understand that Treloyhan Manor needs to be financially viable but does it have to be on such a huge scale? The grounds and trees are beautiful and an oasis in this built-up area."
Concerns have also been raised about mine workings under the site.
The former Wheal Margery mine runs diagonally across the land and then out to sea and subsidence has occurred in the past, according to locals.
But the developers have had a mining survey carried out and their report has been included in documents submitted to Cornwall Council.
Details of the planning application can be found on Cornwall Council's online planning portal. The application number is PA14/00811.
The petition can be found on the online petition website www.avaaz.org