Give us your Duchy: locals demand Charles' £728m Cornish estate

Tony Gosling tony at
Wed Oct 17 01:22:37 BST 2012

Give us your Duchy: demand for Charles' £728m Cornish estate
Should all 53,000-hectares be handed to local people? Charlie Cooper reports
Charlie Cooper  -   Saturday 29 September 2012
Anti-royalists will descend on Cornwall today to 
rally support for a campaign to abolish the Duchy 
of Cornwall, Prince Charles' £728m land and property portfolio.
Campaigners want the 53,000-hectare estate, most 
of which lies in the south-west, to be handed 
over to local people to boost the rural economy.
The protest comes amid growing disquiet in the 
region that the Duchy may be putting its own 
financial interests before those of the community.
The Duchy of Cornwall, which provides an income 
for the Prince, his sons and the Duchess of 
Cambridge, owns land in 23 counties and made a profit of £18m last year.
In June, it pushed through a plan to build one 
hundred houses and a Waitrose store on quality 
farmland east of Truro. Local councillor, Bert 
Biscoe, said the development marked the beginning 
of "the battle for Cornwall's land." He said: 
"Charles does not accept his constitutional 
responsibilities to Cornwall, he just wants the 
money. He says 'stand up for rural life and the 
farmer', and then builds a supermarket and a 
hundred houses on good quality farmland."
The £40m Truro East District Centre received 
planning permission earlier this year. More than 
250 letters of objection were written by local 
residents who feared that the development would 
become "another Poundbury" – a reference to the 
"experimental" town near Dorchester, built to 
Prince Charles' own architectural specifications.
The Duchy's origins lie deep in England's 
medieval past. Created in 1337 by Edward III to 
provide an income for his son, the Black Prince, 
[Just after the exposure of the Knights Templar & 
around the time of the creation of the notorious 
Order Of The Garter - ed.] it has propped up 
heirs to the throne ever since. The charter that 
created the Duchy remains a controversial 
document for Cornish nationalists, who interpret 
it as a piece of political manoeuvring to keep 
unruly Cornish landowners within the English fold.
Republic, whose ultimate goal is the abolition of 
the monarchy, are launching the campaign at a 
public meeting in Truro. "This land is the 
property of the Crown, which means it belongs to 
the nation," said Graham Smith, Republic's 
campaign manager. "The Duchy has to be got rid of 
as an institution. It could be gifted to the 
people of Cornwall." Mr Smith is expecting a warm 
reception in Truro, where a republican "summit" 
will be held in the local library this afternoon.
Mr Smith said the campaign was not about "the 
independence or status of Cornwall", but part of 
"a wider campaign to curtail Charles' interference and influence in politics."
In recent years the Duchy has angered residents 
of the Isles of Scilly by driving up the rents on 
the islands, Mr Smith said. The Duchy states on 
its website that it is working with housing 
associations on the islands to provide 18 new affordable homes.
A spokesman for the Duchy of Cornwall declined to 
comment on Republic's campaign for the estate's 
demise. When asked about the fairness of the 
Duchy's funding model, the spokesman said their 
accounts were "transparent and black and white".
According to the Duchy's website, the Duke 
"chooses to use a large proportion of the income 
from the Duchy to meet the cost of his public and 
charitable work. The Duchy also funds the public, 
charitable and private activities of the Duchess 
of Cornwall and Princes William and Harry."
"The Duchy has been run like this since 1337 and 
I don't think we'll be saying anymore than that," a spokesman said.
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