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Plans for 22 new homes in Cornish village rejected by councillors

Plans for 22 new homes in Cornish village rejected by councillors

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 4:52pm 8th June 2018. (Updated at 9:35am 9th June 2018)

By Local Democracy Reporter Richard Whitehouse

Plans to build 22 homes in a Cornish village have been opposed by local councillors despite an offer to make half of them affordable.

Crantock Parish Council has issued a “strong objection” to the plans to build the new homes on land to the north of Winstowe Terrace in Crantock, near Newquay.

An outline planning application from Kinglsey Land Developments is set to go before Cornwall Council’s central sub-area planning committee on Monday.

Planning officers have recommended that planning permission is granted on condition that a minimum of half of the homes are affordable.

Under the conditions 70 per cent of the affordable homes would be for rent and the rest would be sold under shared ownership schemes.

In addition planning officers have said that 22 per cent of the properties should be accessible and £2,736 per home should be provided towards expanding Cubert Primary School.

Other financial conditions include £257 per affordable home and £857 per open market property to be paid for improvements to Crantock Playing Field. The developers would also have to pay £330 per home towards the conservation and management of Penhale Dunes.

The final condition states that the developer would have to provide public open space within the development.

Planning officers have said that it would be classed as a rural exception site due to the level of affordable housing which would be provided and that forms the basis of the recommendation to approve the plans.

However Crantock Parish Council has lodged its objection and cites the parish’s recently completed neighbourhood plan which claims that the local affordable housing need has already been satisfied.

It said that during the drawing up of its neighbourhood plan it was told that the need for affordable homes in the area was 35 and that there are existing planning approvals for 45.

The parish council also said that there were concerns about the impact on local roads and also that the local school at Cubert was already at capacity.

Parish councillors also said that with 300 homes recently granted planning permission in Crantock and Cubert the situation would only get worse.

Kingsley Land Developments said that it had engaged with the public and the parish council in open meetings for the last 18 months regarding various proposals including the current application.

It also said that it had contributed to the neighbourhood plan and would continue to do so.

The central sub-area planning committee will meet on Monday to decide whether to grant outline planning permission.

To see the agenda for the meeting, click here.

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