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Plans for almost 100 new homes in Camborne refused

Plans for almost 100 new homes in Camborne refused

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 4:40pm 16th December 2019.

Written by Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

A planning committee was applauded after refusing planning permission for a development of 94 homes in Camborne.

The plans to build the houses on land off Tregenna Lane already have outline planning permission but a reserved matters application went before Cornwall Council’s west sub-area planning committee this morning.

This application set out details for the development including the level of affordable homes, open space and infrastructure.

The original outline planning application – which was for 94 homes and a 60-bed residential care home – was refused permission by Cornwall Council but was granted consent at appeal.

Under the proposals there would have been 24 affordable homes provided – with 17 for affordable rent and seven for shared ownership.

These ranged from one-bedroom flats to four-bedroom houses and would have been 25% of the overall homes.

The care home had been left out of the reserved matters application with the applicants telling the committee that they were still seeking an operator and, once they had one, would submit a further application.

Planning officers had recommended the plans for approval saying that a number of changes and amendments had been made to address concerns which had been raised.

A number of objections had been raised against the plans and local residents had formed the Tregenna Action Group to campaign against the development.

Many of the concerns were around surface water and drainage on the site  but officers said in their report that this had been “carefully addressed” and the council’s drainage officer stated that the scheme was appropriate for the site.

John Buddle, from the Tregenna Action Group, said the plans were “overdevelopment” and said it was “unsustainable”.

An agent speaking on behalf of applicants Robertson Developments said to the committee that the “principle of the development” had been established with the outline planning permission and the only matters to be considered were design and layout.

Local Cornwall councillor for the area, David Biggs, said there were major concerns about drainage and sewage treatment and the plans should be refused on those grounds.

The committee agreed and voted 13 in favour and none against, with one abstention, to refuse planning permission.

There was wild applause and cheering from the packed public gallery when the decision was announced.

A second application was also considered by the committee for 23 homes to be built on a neighbouring site.

This plan would also have provided affordable homes with six included – 26% of the overall development.

Objectors said the plans were reliant on the previous application as it would provide access to the site. They said that as the committee had refused the plans there was no access.

The application was turned down.

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