Botallack Cricket Club Truthwall, St Just, Cornwall. Heritage Impact Assessment (OASIS ID: statemen1-300820)

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Introduction

Botallack Cricket Club Truthwall, St Just, Cornwall. Heritage Impact Assessment (OASIS ID: statemen1-300820)

This archive presents the result of an assessment of the heritage significance of a building most recently used as Botallack Cricket Club and of the impacts of current for its change of use to a residential dwelling. The assessment evidences the contribution of the building to the St Just Mining District (Cornwall and West Devon Mining WHS) and concludes that the proposals will have an overall positive benefit on the Outstanding Universal Value of the World Heritage Site through the sustainable reuse of an asset which forms part of a legible mine complex and its associated transport infrastructure. In accordance with Policy P132 of the National Planning Policy Framework such conservation may be accorded 'great weight' in planning balances.

The assessment is based on a 'Level 2 Descriptive Record' as defined by Historic England and takes account of Cornwall Council's adopted 'Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site SPD'. The assessment has established that the building originated as stables associated with Wheal Owles a 19th century mine, before its closure in the early 20th century and the subsequent re-use of the buildings, probably for agricultural use, before their conversion for use by the Cricket Club in the later 20th century.

The assessment demonstrates that visually the principal contribution of the buildings to the setting of the World Heritage Site lies in its locally distinctive form which makes a positive contribution to the Outstanding Universal Value of the mining landscape. The proposed development provides an opportunity to conserve and renew this contribution, which is otherwise at risk from the redundancy of these buildings, by giving them an optimum viable (minimally harmful) economic purpose through their sensitive conversion.

Whilst part of the buildings has been shown to retain some archaeologically valuable evidence of use as a stable, it is considered feasible to conserve this value via careful attention to close design of the project. Taking into account of design and mitigation recommendation made within the report it is concluded that conversion and renewal of these buildings is desirable in conservation terms and can be achieved without unjustifiable harm to the Outstanding Universal Value of the World Heritage site.