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Penryn councillors give their support to uni Heart Space
6:00am Friday 20th September 2013 in Cornwall
Penryn councillors have given their support to two developments at the university campus at Tremough, but have noted concerns of neighbouring residents who fear problems of noise emanating from the site will increase.
The first application discussed by the town’s planning committee on Monday evening was for the Heart Space which involves the removal of the existing shop and reprographics building and the creation of a new shop and reception building between the media centre and the Exchange.
A petition signed by 50 people living in Penvale Crescent, Green Lane, Treverbyn Rise, Trevance, Greenwood Crescent and Greenwood Road, was put before the committee. The residents are objecting to the proposals claiming it would cause noise and light pollution.
Committee chairman, Mark Snowdon, however, told councillors: “Neighbours have every right to object. However, the principle to develop this has already been established on this site.
“This is replacing a temporary shop and will form a reception for the whole campus. I do not see any planning grounds why we should have any specific reason to object.”
Martin Mullins added: “The policing of the noise is something the university have to look into. Our concern is should we agree to his application and do we have grounds to object to it and we don’t have any grounds to object to it.”
With reference to the petition and letter from residents, Ted Wilkes said: “There have been a lot of problems with noise and fireworks going off in the middle of the night. Sometimes it is terrible up there. It is not a planning concern, but I know what the residents are on about.”
Mr Mullins added: “I sympathise with their concerns, but we cannot do anything about the noise levels until the noise levels exist and at the moment they do not exist.”
The committee has given the application for the project its full support.
The second application discussed on Monday relates to proposed alterations to the chapel and its annexe which include the demolition of an “ugly” single storey extension.
Mr Snowdon said: “This opens up the existing house. It will be a real enhancement to that building, there’s no doubt about it, but the cladding is a bit over the top.”
Mary May said: “I think they have spoiled it with too much cladding. The emphasis is going to be on the cladding rather than the house.”
The committee agreed to offer no objections to the application, but would like to see the cladding reduced or a different type used.
Councillors would also like a condition to limit noise and light pollution, should Cornwall Council approve the application.
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