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Villagers to discuss 'inappropriate' Mawnan housing plan
11:40am Thursday 19th September 2013 in Cornwall
Residents of Mawnan Smith will get the chance to voice their views on plans to build 42 new homes in the village at a public meeting to be held on October 2.
Cornwall Council is to host the meeting, to be held at Mawnan Memorial Hall at 6pm, ahead of the planning application going before the west sub-area planning committee on October 21.
Westcountry Land are behind the plans for the new development earmarked for land at Goldmartin Field off Sampys Hill.
As well as the new homes, half of which will be “affordable,” the development would include a village green, footpaths and would provide 25 car parking spaces for the village hall.
The proposals, however, have attracted a lot of opposition from people living within the village. Of the 101 comments posted on Cornwall Council’s website, all but six of them are from people objecting to the scheme.
Robin Hill said: “The development is inappropriate in location, size and design for this small rural village. There has been no recent assessment of local housing need and there is no support for this development within the village.”
Joanna Dyer said: “Forty-two properties is an overbearing number in a village of this size. This development is sited in an elevated position and would completely alter the skyline around the village and beyond.”
Audrey Blackford said: “The increased traffic that would result from this development would make the village impossible to navigate. The roads are too narrow to accommodate the increase in vehicle numbers and I believe that this would be very dangerous and lead to congestion and ultimately to serious traffic accidents.”
The application does have supporters, though, with Alan Tully saying: “The development will bring new younger life into the village. One hundred or more extra residents will help in the growth of village clubs and associations, increase patronage of the shops and businesses. Younger people will help keep the school numbers buoyant with local village children.
“We have some reservations. Water drainage requires to be properly addressed. The allocation of low cost housing should only be offered to those who live or work in the immediate Falmouth/Penryn area or who have strong connections to the local community. We are concerned that the ‘open market’ houses could become holiday homes therefore bringing little community benefit to the village.”
Those attending the public meeting will be asked to register on arrival and will then be called upon to speak. The meeting will give members of the planning committee the chance to hear first hand from the local community. A decision will not be made on the night, but at a meeting on October 21.
Full details of the application can be found on the online planning register at www.cornwall.gov.uk under reference number PA13/04668.
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