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Decision on 205 Falmouth homes due on Monday

By WBCraig  |  Posted: February 04, 2014

Housing

Three planning applications to be decided on Monday

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PLANS for more than 200 homes in Falmouth have been recommended for approval by Cornwall Council planning officers.

The three separate planning applications – for 153 homes on Bickland Water Road, 42 in Mawnan Smith and 10 in Mabe – will be decided at the west sub-area planning committee meeting on MondayJan 10.

One of the schemes has already been refused by Cornwall Council.

Outline planning permission is being sought for 153 homes on a 3.7 hectare green field site on the western edge of Falmouth, of which 39 per cent will be affordable.

The plans, which were submitted by Midas Commercial Developments in Octobe, received objections from residents and parish councillors, who said the development would create more traffic problems, cause danger to school children – the entrance is opposite the road leading to two primary schools – and swallow up valuable agricultural land.

But one supporter, Sally Hilman, wrote on the Cornwall Council planning web site: “I completely support this application and am fed up of older people stopping young families from being able to live in Falmouth. We need homes we can afford to buy and it looks like this development does just that.”

Two Falmouth town councillors – Alan Jewell and Oliver Cramp – will be at the meeting on Monday to ‘remind’ Cornwall Council that it objected to the plans.

As well as being the chairman of Falmouth’s strategic planning committee, Mr Jewell is also a Cornwall Councillor, so Mr Cramp, the vice chairman, will represent the views of Falmouth.

The planning reference is PA13/09608.

Plans for 42 homes in Goldmartin Field, off Sampys Hill in Mawnan Smith, were refused by Cornwall Council in October. Mawnan Parish Council also objected to the proposal.

The application received 127 comments on the Cornwall Council planning web site, most which were objections.

But Cathryn Harry said there was a “substantial need” for affordable housing in the village, adding: “I have noted comments from objectors who say that there is no need in the village for these affordable homes.

“This statement is clearly incorrect because I need an affordable home in the village and I have the qualifying criteria, I also know many other friends of mine from the village and the wider parish who also need these homes.”

“Goldmartin field has always been considered as the most appropriate site for any such development. The planning application includes wider community benefits and can only be positive for the village.”

The planning officer’s report recommended the plans for “conditional approval.”

The planning reference is PA13/10163.

Porthia Limited has applied to demolish 16 existing flats at Antron Hill, in Mabe, and build ten houses in their place, two of which will be affordable.

The planning reference is PA10/08470.

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