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Plans to build 150 homes recommended for approval despite concerns

Plans to build 150 homes recommended for approval despite concerns

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 4:22pm 11th March 2020. (Updated at 6:01am 12th March 2020)

By Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

Councillors have been advised to approve plans to build 150 homes in a village despite concerns that they are “premature”.

Tregothnan Estates submitted the outline planning application to build the new homes on land at Edgcumbe Road in Roche.

The application is due to go before Cornwall Council’s central sub-area planning committee on Monday and planning officers have recommended approval.

However concerns have been raised by Roche Parish Council and local Cornwall councillor John Wood that the plans are “premature” because they are reliant on the new St Austell to A30 link road.

Work has not yet started on the £87 million road which will take traffic away from Clay villages, including Roche, and provide a better link from the A30 to St Austell.

The planning application includes 150 homes along with a children’s play area and public open space. It would provide 38 affordable homes (25%) with a split of 70% for rent and the rest as intermediate homes.

Roche Neighbourhood Development Plan, which has been adopted by Cornwall Council so must be taken into consideration in coming to any decision, earmarks the site for future development but has a policy which puts a restriction of no more than 50 homes being occupied before the new link road is completed.

In his submission Cllr Wood stated: “Lack of justification for this premature application as the funding for the new road has not been assured yet. The Clay Medical Practice is oversubscribed and can hardly cope with the number of new residents now living in the community. The school is full. Cornwall Council has to pay to transport children out of Roche.

“Roche has taken more than its fair share of current allocation of new development. Suffering the consequences with no apparent benefits.”

And Roche Parish Council said: “Until such time as a substantial road contractor has been appointed, we will not consider this application as it is still premature.

“There have been no definite contributions allocated to the school directly or that the school would be extended, the parish already has a lot of children being taken to other local schools and this surely is against any climate change policies held as it (is) adding to it with extra vehicles on the roads.

“No contract has been drawn up with regards to the new road, allotments and
grassed areas – there is no information as to who will maintain and manage and also many other questions unanswered. Roche Parish has already far exceeded development numbers as per the Cornwall Structure Plan, neighbourhood plan and national guidance.”

As part of the draft Section 106 agreement – conditions attached to planning permission – the developers would agree to provide the on-site public open space as well as providing money towards off-site public open space provision or improvement and education infrastructure.

The central sub-area planning committee is due to meet on Monday (March 16) to consider the application.

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