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Outrage over plans for 60 homes in Cornish village

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Published by Emma Carton at 8:37am 8th November 2018. (Updated at 8:43am 8th November 2018)

By Local Democracy Reporter, Richard Whitehouse

People opposing plans to build 60 new homes in their village have accused developers of "raping" Cornwall for profits.

Kingsley Homes Limited has submitted an outline planning application to build the development on land off Wesley Road in Cubert, near Newquay.

However the development has attracted such strong opposition that posters and banners have appeared around the village urging people to lodge objections.

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Developers behind plans to build 60 new homes in the village of Cubert are being accused of "raping" Cornwall for profits

More than 101 comments have already been posted on Cornwall Council's website, with 92 in opposition - including Rebecca TerryBerry:

"So much countryside in the past few years has been raped by the property developers bleating on about a housing need where really it's a developers' greed.

"A village is a clustered human settlement or community, larger than a hamlet but smaller than a town, with a population ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand.

"At no point did anyone in the village of Cubert expect to suddenly be living in a town, which, at this rate, that is what we will become.

"As a community we are on a daily fight to keep playgrounds and open space for children open and available.

"We are all very lucky to be living in a village and able to bring our children up with freedom and space, walking to school, safety, less crime, less traffic, countyside.

"Who is going to fight for us unless we try ourselves to keep our village a village for our childrens' sake and we are also the voice for the environment?"

Local, Rebecca TerryBerry

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A design and access statement for the proposed development at Cubert says there is a need for affordable homes in the area

M and J Bisson added: "Cubert in particular and Cornwall in general are already in danger of losing their identity and this is yet another attempt to continue the rape of local villages, for the pursuit of corporate greed and not local need".

Norman and Linda Dellar wrote: "There is no possible justification for any development on agricultural land particularly when it will greatly increase existing serious traffic problems and increase educational needs in the area. The only people who stand to benefit from this proposed development are the developers and we trust that the council will take the strong feelings of existing Cubert residents into account and turn down this application".

In a design and access statement submitted with the application CAD Architects, acting on behalf of Kingsley Homes, said there was a need for affordable homes in the area.

It said that the St Agnes and Perranporth community network area, which Cubert is in, shows there are 314 households in need of housing.

It adds that extant of completed planning permissions had provided 182 affordable homes and so there is a need for 132 more.

The statement also says the development would provide public open space and a car park and drop-off area for use by parents at the nearby school.

No date has yet been set for when the outline planning application will be decided.

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