Group forms to fight Porthleven homes plan

First published in Cornwall This is The West Country: Photograph of the Author by , Ex-Reporter/Photographer

Concerned Porthleven residents have formed a protest group to oppose a 60-house development earmarked for the port.

The “Friends of Porthleven Group” was formed under the chairmanship of Paula Johns to express the concerns of those opposed to the development and the effect it will have on the “amenity of the area”.

Rowe Farming Limited wants to build the homes, 36 of which would be classed as affordable, on land at Shrubberies Hill.

Paula said: “This land, which is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, commands a prominent position.

“Being visible from as far as Mousehole it forms the gateway to the scenic coastline from Porthleven to the Lizard, attracting many visitors from far and wide to explore the Coastal Footpath, Loe Bar and Penrose Estate.

“If this development were to go ahead it would totally change the landscape forever.

“It is hoped the Rowe family would consider other sites in Porthleven in their ownership and preserve this area for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.

“Once this is lost it is gone forever.”

A planning application has yet to be submitted for the development.

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7:39am Thu 20 Dec 12

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

I do not believe this would affect people wishing to walk the coast path whatsoever, people could and would still enjoy the coastal walks. It could be said Porthlevens natural beauty as a Port was spoilt to a certain degree years ago with the complete building project of all the houses up the back of the original harbour area. Some of the original residents of Porthleven accepted the expansion of housing in Potthleven and now I believe it it the turn of the current residents to accept the proposed housing development which will benefit the local needs people, who in my opinion should be priority over fabricated reasons as to why this development should not go ahead.
I do not believe this would affect people wishing to walk the coast path whatsoever, people could and would still enjoy the coastal walks. It could be said Porthlevens natural beauty as a Port was spoilt to a certain degree years ago with the complete building project of all the houses up the back of the original harbour area. Some of the original residents of Porthleven accepted the expansion of housing in Potthleven and now I believe it it the turn of the current residents to accept the proposed housing development which will benefit the local needs people, who in my opinion should be priority over fabricated reasons as to why this development should not go ahead. Gill Zella Martin 09
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8:13am Thu 20 Dec 12

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

Porthleven has its fair share of holiday lets and a good enough percentage of individual larger properties, by building these dwellings, will in my opinion redress the balance a little. It is surely much better to build on a site such as the proposed one where it has local facilities close to hand as opposed to a site that would be further afield from facilities.
Porthleven has its fair share of holiday lets and a good enough percentage of individual larger properties, by building these dwellings, will in my opinion redress the balance a little. It is surely much better to build on a site such as the proposed one where it has local facilities close to hand as opposed to a site that would be further afield from facilities. Gill Zella Martin 09
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1:15pm Thu 20 Dec 12

meerkats says...

I think the need for affordable housing for local people is the priority here . Visitors and locals alike can still enjoy the walks. The Rowe family have been very fair with the way they have approached this ie different options and meetings with locals etc before they apply for planning permission. some would just carry on regardless.
I think the need for affordable housing for local people is the priority here . Visitors and locals alike can still enjoy the walks. The Rowe family have been very fair with the way they have approached this ie different options and meetings with locals etc before they apply for planning permission. some would just carry on regardless. meerkats
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3:51pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

The proposed development is of good architectural design and will In my opinion look in keeping with the character of Porthleven.

The Lizard is an area of outstanding natural beauty and has to contend with windmills that can be seen by walkers miles away. I am perfectly sure a development of houses in Porthleven in the vicinity of Shrubberies Hill will not impact on the enjoyment of walkers on the coast path or otherwise.
The proposed development is of good architectural design and will In my opinion look in keeping with the character of Porthleven. The Lizard is an area of outstanding natural beauty and has to contend with windmills that can be seen by walkers miles away. I am perfectly sure a development of houses in Porthleven in the vicinity of Shrubberies Hill will not impact on the enjoyment of walkers on the coast path or otherwise. Gill Zella Martin 09
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5:56pm Thu 20 Dec 12

telstar1962 says...

What could be construed as blots on the landscape appeared on the Lizard in the 1950's ie the first caravan parks, then the awful looking Satellite dishes on the Downs in the 1960's

These developments were not pretty but essential in their different ways.

Just adding more of the same type of houses to the scores of property already built on Porthleven's fields can only be a problem for the NIMBY's who live there.
What could be construed as blots on the landscape appeared on the Lizard in the 1950's ie the first caravan parks, then the awful looking Satellite dishes on the Downs in the 1960's These developments were not pretty but essential in their different ways. Just adding more of the same type of houses to the scores of property already built on Porthleven's fields can only be a problem for the NIMBY's who live there. telstar1962
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7:14pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

I completely agree with telstar, and although I am not saying that everyone has an automatic right to be able to afford to live in the village/town of their birth/family/choice, (I cannot myself) I am however saying that I do not believe it is justifiable or morally right to deny others with local connections the chance of a home purely because some people are not willing to share their local environment. There are plenty of locations within Cornwall that have narrow roads, and high traffic volume and housing estates are located within them, I have yet to hear one genuine reason why this housing development should not go ahead.
I completely agree with telstar, and although I am not saying that everyone has an automatic right to be able to afford to live in the village/town of their birth/family/choice, (I cannot myself) I am however saying that I do not believe it is justifiable or morally right to deny others with local connections the chance of a home purely because some people are not willing to share their local environment. There are plenty of locations within Cornwall that have narrow roads, and high traffic volume and housing estates are located within them, I have yet to hear one genuine reason why this housing development should not go ahead. Gill Zella Martin 09
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8:50pm Thu 20 Dec 12

ronedgcumbe says...

I agree with Gill Martin these houses are essential for local people and I cannot see a valid reason for there refusal.
I agree with Gill Martin these houses are essential for local people and I cannot see a valid reason for there refusal. ronedgcumbe
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