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Almost 100 new homes planned for old Cornish mine site

Almost 100 new homes planned for old Cornish mine site

Published by Emma Carton at 7:45am 11th September 2018. (Updated at 7:49am 11th September 2018)

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Richard Whitehouse

Plans have been submitted to build 99 new homes on land at South Crofty in Pool but there are concerns none will affordable.

Crofty Developments has made the outline application to Cornwall Council for a development which it says will "fulfil an important role in contributing towards the regeneration of Camborne, Pool and Redruth, particularly in terms of providing new homes and supporting economic growth in the local community".

The new homes are planned for a site north of Kerrier Way which is on the former South Crofty mine site which closed in 1998.

A total of 99 homes are included in the plans with a mix of two and three-storey homes and three-storey apartment blocks.

There would be open space provided on the site and each house would have a parking space.

In a design and access statement Crofty Developments states that Mayne's Shaft on the site would be rehoused in a building with access provided to Western United Mines for maintenance and ventilation purposes.

It also states that seven open mine shafts on the site will be capped and a sub-station will be demolished.

However the design and access statement also goes on to say that there is unlikely to be any affordable housing on the site.

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There are concerns none of the new homes being planned for South Crofty at Pool will be affordable as new plans are revealed

It states: "The report demonstrates that the assessed scheme is not considered commercially viable with any level of provision for affordable housing.

"This is due to the site's history as a former mining site and the significant remediation costs involved.

"These constraints include, but are not limited to: capping of mineshafts, the attendance of a mining engineer, knotweed remediation, radiation protection and the importing of clean soils.

"The report also concludes that the addition of planning obligations, such as financial contributions towards local infrastructure and community facilities, would have a serious impact on the deliverability of the proposed development, due to the significant costs associated with remediating the site".

The report goes on to state that the lack of affordable housing or contribution to infrastructure would be offset by the benefit of bringing a derelict site back into use and providing new homes.

The outline planning application was submitted last week and there is no indication when a decision will be made.

To comment on the plans go to www.cornwall.gov.uk and search for application PA18/07631.

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