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Plans for new homes in Cornish village recommended for approval

Plans for new homes in Cornish village recommended for approval

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 4:33pm 23rd August 2019.

By Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

Plans to build 30 new homes on farmland have been recommended for approval despite almost half the residents in the village objecting.

Kingsley Homes has submitted the outline application to build the new homes on land off Wesley Road in Cubert.

The developer had previously set out plans to build 60 homes but has amended the plans and reduced it to 30 after a public outcry.

The application is due to go before Cornwall Council’s central planning committee on September 2.

Planning officers have recommended that the committee delegates authority to the head of planning to grant approval subject to conditions.

The recommendation comes despite more than 200 people in Cubert writing in to the council in opposition.

Cubert Parish Council and local Cornwall councillor Adrian Harvey have also both objected to the plans.

The parish council has submitted a comprehensive response setting out its opposition which runs to almost eight pages and says that there has been a suggestion that the developer could be “land-banking”.

Parish councillors are objecting on several grounds including the need for affordable homes, impact on the village school and roads, the lack of community support and claims that the developer will eventually look to double the amount of homes being built.

“At time of writing, there are 200+ letters of objection lodged with the Cornwall Council planning portal for this application, along with seven letters of support. There are 575 registered electors living in the settlement of Cubert village. It is plainly evident that there is no significant community support for this outline planning application within the community, and therefore the Parish Council can see no exceptional justification for the grant of this current outline planning application.”

The parish council

Cubert Housing plans up for approval

In their submission the parish council says that there is no affordable housing need to justify the development and highlights several other developments which are either under construction or have planning permission which will provide affordable homes.

“The Parish Council believes that there are sufficient extant affordable housing planning permissions, either within Cubert Parish or bordering Crantock Parish, to provide accommodation for the 25 families on the Homechoice and Help to Buy registers, and therefore deemsthe description of Cubert Parish as a Parish with low or marginal need….to be clearly correct.

“The Parish Council also believes that it is regrettable that the planning permission sites currently owned by this developer in both Crantock and Cubert have not progressed from permission status, leading to the suggestion of land-banking whilst continuing to apply for Rural Exception Site permissions using the same Homechoice and Help to Buy register figures.”

Planning officers have recommended that the plans could go ahead saying that it is a rural exception site which would help meet affordable housing need.

They state that the benefits of the scheme in providing affordable homes outweighs the harm.

The planning application is due to go before Cornwall Council’s central sub-area planning committee when it meets on September 2nd.

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