Controversial Falmouth home supported despite 30 objections

This is The West Country: Controversial Falmouth home supported despite 30 objections Controversial Falmouth home supported despite 30 objections

THE family of a retired Royal Marine who wants to build a new home on a prominent site, with views over the harbour in Falmouth, has won the support of town councillors despite around 30 letters of objection from neighbours.

Tracy Bullen attended a meeting of the town’s planning committee to plead her case on behalf of herself and her husband, Gary, while Matthew Owen addressed councillors to oppose the scheme on behalf of 23 local residents.

The planning application seeks consent to build a home and detached garage on land next to Chryeen on Wodehouse Terrace. Permission already exists for a smaller property, but the Bullens have put forward the new plans.

Mrs Bullen said: “I lost my self-build mortgage so my father stepped in and purchased the site and we now hopefully want to build a more affordable house. We have always had the full support of the town council and I just really hope that we still have that support.”

Mr Owen asked councillors to object to the application on the grounds of loss of privacy, scale, claiming the new house would be 50 per cent larger than the one approved, and that the design “pays no heed” to the Georgian street.

He said: “Given this is one of the most beautiful conservation areas in Falmouth, it would be a great shame if this plot was developed in the way suggested in the current proposals.”

The planning committee, though, was told that Cornwall Council’s conservation officer has recommended approval of the plans. Councillor Steve Eva said: “To me it looks |like a lot of work has been done behind the scheme to please the conservation officer. We should listen to people who have experience.”

Councillor Diana Merrett was not happy with the application, though, and recommended refusal. “This is a lot bigger than they wanted in the first place,” she said, “it would tower over the flats in front. It seems to me it’s going to be over-development.”

Ms Merrett’s proposal failed to win a seconder and when Councillor Vicky Eva proposed the application be supported, that was passed by three votes to one, with one abstention. The final decision will be made by Cornwall Council.

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9:00am Mon 14 Apr 14

Gillian R.Z. Martin says...

Size and design seem to hold little bearing, in Mullion in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, two lots of 'two houses' on separate plots originally each only siting one bungalow were built, and within a road containing only bungalows, the houses now overlook and over shadow the bungalows and in my opinion are out of keeping. For two of the houses adequate parking was clearly not a consideration, particularly as it is a single track unadoted road, and parking spaces are already limited.
In Porthleven, permission was given to build directly in front of flats, allowing a property to block the original view of the sea from the flats. One has no right to a view.
As for the extension/conversion to one property in a conservation area in Porthleven, how that ever came into existence just beggers belief. I believe it has completely ruined the character of the property and is architecturally out of keeping.
One property I had considered purchasing a few years ago, in the conservation area in Helston, transpired to have no planning permission for its extension!
There appears no consistency within planning approvals. I believe a complete overhaul of rules and enforcements should be the case for conservation areas and areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Size and design seem to hold little bearing, in Mullion in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, two lots of 'two houses' on separate plots originally each only siting one bungalow were built, and within a road containing only bungalows, the houses now overlook and over shadow the bungalows and in my opinion are out of keeping. For two of the houses adequate parking was clearly not a consideration, particularly as it is a single track unadoted road, and parking spaces are already limited. In Porthleven, permission was given to build directly in front of flats, allowing a property to block the original view of the sea from the flats. One has no right to a view. As for the extension/conversion to one property in a conservation area in Porthleven, how that ever came into existence just beggers belief. I believe it has completely ruined the character of the property and is architecturally out of keeping. One property I had considered purchasing a few years ago, in the conservation area in Helston, transpired to have no planning permission for its extension! There appears no consistency within planning approvals. I believe a complete overhaul of rules and enforcements should be the case for conservation areas and areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Gillian R.Z. Martin
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1:25pm Mon 14 Apr 14

molesworth says...

On a vaguely related planning matter; if I ruled the world (or was on Falmouth Town Council) I would stop the willy-nilly placing of those dreadful eyesores that are solar panels on the roofs of houses. I actually wince whenever I see an otherwise charming home ruined by them AND the whole area is spoilt as far as I'm concerned.
(Please don't bother to rebuke my non-energy saving attitude because you'll be wasting your time. Call me old fashioned but I happen to like old wooden sash windows and healthy drafts. I can't imagine anything more uncomfortable and stifling than living in a perfectly sealed energy saving plastic container even if it does help save the world.)
On a vaguely related planning matter; if I ruled the world (or was on Falmouth Town Council) I would stop the willy-nilly placing of those dreadful eyesores that are solar panels on the roofs of houses. I actually wince whenever I see an otherwise charming home ruined by them AND the whole area is spoilt as far as I'm concerned. (Please don't bother to rebuke my non-energy saving attitude because you'll be wasting your time. Call me old fashioned but I happen to like old wooden sash windows and healthy drafts. I can't imagine anything more uncomfortable and stifling than living in a perfectly sealed energy saving plastic container even if it does help save the world.) molesworth
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10:39am Tue 15 Apr 14

Gillian R.Z. Martin says...

I believe Cornwall Council should not be let loose to make decisions on planning, it should be left to town and parish councils that have local knowledge. I believe Cornwall Council gave planning permission for a local businessman without Cornwall Council having all the relevant local knowledge and details, it ended in a public enquiry which I with many others attended, delayed the gentlemans building project by months and resulted I believe, in Cornwall Council having to pay out thousands in compensation for the delay in the already started building project.
This is supposed to be a Cornwall Council planning system to have faith in, surely there should be safeguards in place to prevent wasted money such as this.
I believe Cornwall Council should not be let loose to make decisions on planning, it should be left to town and parish councils that have local knowledge. I believe Cornwall Council gave planning permission for a local businessman without Cornwall Council having all the relevant local knowledge and details, it ended in a public enquiry which I with many others attended, delayed the gentlemans building project by months and resulted I believe, in Cornwall Council having to pay out thousands in compensation for the delay in the already started building project. This is supposed to be a Cornwall Council planning system to have faith in, surely there should be safeguards in place to prevent wasted money such as this. Gillian R.Z. Martin
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