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Council Approves Massive New Development For Truro

By Miles_Davis  |  Posted: May 03, 2012

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Cornwall Council approved plans for a controversial 1,500 home development this afternoon in a long and hotly contested meeting.

The new site will produce a bigger population than towns such as Padstow and Fowey and will change the face of Truro.

The proposals from developer Inox for a site at Langarth near Threemilestone represent the biggest plans ever put forward for the city.

The green light from councillors also means a significant step forward for plans to build a stadium for Cornwall as Inox already has outline planning permission for the sporting venue on an adjacent site.

The Inox plans also include an extension to the park-and-ride, a new school and a care home.

The vote was carried by 10-9 in a nailbiting conclusion to a meeting which saw passionate opinions from those on both sides of the debate.

Councillors opposing the development said it was too big, would cause huge traffic problems on the A390 and was not wanted by local residents.

But those for the development said it would provide much-needed housing and welcomed the investment.

For the full story see next Thursday's West Briton.

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  • TheodoreV  |  May 07 2012, 8:10PM

    We are at the mercy of our elected representatives who see concreting over arable land and rural landscape as desirable with little thought to the environmental or social implications. How many new reservoirs and sewage works will be required for example and how much chaos caused to already over-stretched educational, transport, police, social and health services? Cornwall politics, local government and planning policy is an unmitigated disaster and the band of Councillors capable merely of looking on open mouthed, as our county is progressively and increasingly destroyed."

  • josdave  |  May 07 2012, 11:31AM

    While I am against more road building, as the obvious way to reduce the traffic problem is to reduce the number of vehicles on the roads. If this goes ahead there will be calls for a Truro bypass because the present one cannot cope at times now and certainly will not be able to manage the increased traffic from 1,500 homes.

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  • oldjamaica  |  May 05 2012, 12:27PM

    This country is just a dumping ground for the worlds human rubbish.

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  • wollster  |  May 05 2012, 8:01AM

    Maybe. Just maybe we were told. Maybe we were't listening closely enough? I can't answer that with any degree of certainty, any more than I can recall what I was doing back in Nov 2010 at any given moment. Hasn't the name calling been flying around from all sides (not just two)? Its part of the human condition I guess. Either way it's not big and its not clever as it detracts from the debate, and only delays the possibility of folks calming down and reaching some form of compromise between each other; which at the end of the day will be the only way forward. Funny how the stadium always got dragged into this. Yes it would appear to be inextricably linked. But they are still separate issues as can be deduced from the voting in both applications. Plus; it isn't wholly out of the question that they could yet still be standalone projects now that OPP has been granted and interested parties who, until now, have kept in the background; make some decisions. Who knows? Either. Or; may or may not go ahead. A variety of situations are possible. Exciting or scary times. Life would be very dull otherwise. I'd like to get back to mine. Have a nice weekend. :o)

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  • Vox_Populi  |  May 05 2012, 7:41AM

    @ wollster I don't need to 'define' immigration or emigration these are statistics published annually by the UK government. In the last year for which figures are available showed 500,000 immigrants to the UK. Taking into account the number of people who leave Net Migration (2009) was 196,000. Even if we ignore the fact that most emigrants were whites with the professional skills and resources to enter countries that do not allow mass immigration of unskilled labour and that most of those coming to the UK are unskilled and destined to be benefit dependants, you will see how our nation is being undermined by mass immigration. This situation is non-sustainable. Our country is full and there is nothing 'racist' about saying so and, equally, there is nothing wrong with the obvious solution of 'last in first out'. At a local level, I see no reason why Cornwall should be concreted over merely because successive UK governments are too timid to tackle the third world invasion of our country.

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  • Chopper8  |  May 04 2012, 10:40PM

    ''People move about more now than ever before. People change jobs, relocate, on average how often for example? I read somewhere once that folks moved house and/or job, on average every three years prior to 2008. How does that affect your theory?'' But what jobs are these people going to take up in this region of high unemployment and low wages? Why weren't we told in the original stadium proposal that it's success was dependent on 1500 houses for in-migrants? What about the wisdom of relocating this number of people to an area that's already bursting at the seams - who pays for the schools, hospitals and other infrastructure? Make no mistake, this is not housing provision for local families.As already mentioned, these are central government diktats that were certainly not decided upon in the Duchy. Yes, a stadium is a great idea for Cornwall, but maybe,just maybe, the associated costs are too high - after all, the housing part is sure to go ahead even if the stadium doesn't. Try and keep an open mind, and maybe less quick to label anyone with an opposing view a ''naysayer'' who's reluctant to ''drag Cornwall into the 20th Century''.

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  • wollster  |  May 04 2012, 9:08PM

    Mass immigaration? Define and take into consideration emmigration in all its forms. Otherwise your theory is just too black n white, which in life at all levels is impossible to quantify. People move about more now than ever before. People change jobs, relocate, on average how often for example? I read somewhere once that folks moved house and/or job, on average every three years prior to 2008. How does that affect your theory? If your angle is a more in the line of blaming everyone else other than your own social group, race, class or whatever. The only real prejudice that cuts the mustard is between, is someone good or bad? Mate. Closing doors and saying who can go where, when and how is gonna go down as well as telling society now, after 4 decades of falling in love with the car; that the resolution to traffic congestion is to keep your car off the road. Cut back to it's bare bones it would work. Whereas the actual solution is more likely to be, to work back incrementely (sp?) until you reach the optimum level that works for most. E.G. Foregoeing the easy option to hop into the car because it's easiest, and being radical and getting on the bike, foot, bus, train wherever possible/convenient. Billy Connelly once jibed that there is no such thing as bad weather...just the wrong clothes. For the record. I drive. Not everywhere. And, at 50+ believe that any journey under 5 miles is well bike-able; with obvious exceptions. If old dears in their 70's+, can walk from where I live, down into Camborne and back up Trevu Road then.... And no. I don't hug trees...the bark is bit to rough for my delicate skin!

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  • Vox_Populi  |  May 04 2012, 7:47PM

    @wollster "Housing is a major problem nationwide. Truro is obliged to build a minimum of 4000 and up to 7000 homes over the next few years" National UK targets which are the result of continuing mass immigration. We need to defend Cornwall's land and resources case by case before we are completely overwhelmed by supermarkets and other developments for the benefit of the likes of Prince Charles and his friends. However, there's nor getting away from the fact that overcrowding and over-development are a UK wide problem that calls for national government solutions.

  • wollster  |  May 04 2012, 6:35PM

    Grump: What's the point of trying to explain? You don't WANT to know. Housing is a major problem nationwide. Truro is obliged to build a minimum of 4000 and up to 7000 homes over the next few years. There is no discussion on that. Your snipe about mortgage making employment actually highlights the major problem caused by the rush since Maggie's days to aspire to own one's own house; namely how property has slipped from being a home to an assett. Values as a consquence have risen by such levels, that increases in average wage packets have not kept up with by a considerable margin. Hence the young and those who have to make do with minimum wage or little more are not so suddenly screwed. From every angle. I may worry about my retirement. Joke! But i'm glad I'm not starting out today. This project may well not solve the problem but at least it stands a chance of making even the slightest of difference. You sound very much like the shower at Truro CC and Kenwyn who, in effect buried their heads in the sand over the last few years and hoped all this frightfulness would 'go away'. It hasn't and it won't either with such boorishness!! The Langarth project is guilty of only one thing, shaking them out of their complacency. But it was too little too late and serves them right. Some are out of their depth. Others merely speak a good game and lap up the rewards and attention their positions give them. As for the ones who don't even feel obliged to live amongst their electorate...that is just an insult to most 'ordinary folk'. Which may go some way to explain why the polling booths are not over used. Maybe you should ask the people who left that sham of a public meeting on May 1 well before it finished, if any of this is relevant. Those who weren't against the project were very quickly as one not even bothering to put over opinions, as it wasn't worth their effort. Deaf ears and all that! Not to mention an atmosphere that reaked of a 'pre match pshyching-up' and premature victory celebration. Oh. I did mention it. The remainder of the local population weren't exactly breaking the doors down either. How could they? They weren't even invited or aware!! Now who's grumpiest. Not you by a Cornish mile!!

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  • Grump66  |  May 04 2012, 7:12AM

    Can you possibly tell me what employmnet 1500 family homes will have ?? Where are the possibly 3000+ jobs needed coming from , not the park and ride extension / school / playground / hotel , hardly mortgage making employment...... deary me !! Win Win Win for the council / developers and the private rental markets :(