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Budock residents pack village hall to oppose housing appeal

By West Briton  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

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RESIDENTS of Budock packed the village hall to voice disapproval of an appeal against refusal of planning consent for more than 150 homes.

Budock Parish Council arranged Tuesday evening's meeting in response to the appeal by Midas Developments.

The council said in a statement: "The majority of residents believe that there is no need for 154 new houses.

"Planning permission has already been granted for 300 houses at Kergilliack, so with a potential 454 new houses coming to the area, where would the school and doctor's surgery be to support them?

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"Residents also expressed concern at a proposal to build on high-grade agricultural land, as the land is never fallow and is always growing crops."

It said if the plans were approved there would be no separation between Budock and Falmouth, and that the residents had also expressed fears of traffic congestion and flooding on Bickland Water Road.

"Finally, the historic church is a grade 2* listed building and surrounding it with modern housing will not look right," the council said.

Local resident John Bastin said: "Budock Church is more than just a building; equally important is the ambiance of its setting.

"The church sits on a mound overlooking both Falmouth and Budock and the developers' claim that this ambiance will not be affected by their philistine activity is clearly lacking in understanding of the historic concepts involved. All roads and footpaths lead to the church, underlining the importance of the site as a spiritual and visual focal point, not just a building.

"At the end of the day the following should be remembered, Falmouth Town Council, Budock Parish Council, two local Cornwall Councillors and eight out of 13 planning committee councillors said a very clear 'no' to this development and the reasons for the initial refusal are still robust and valid."

Midas Development was unavailable for comment as the West Briton went to press.

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