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Exhibition will explain plans for major housing development in Porthleven

By wbnoel  |  Posted: November 26, 2012

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After a first public exhibition displaying initial housing proposals for land off Shrubberies Hill, Porthleven received a mixed response  a second is being organised on Wednesday (Nov 28).

Sixty homes are planned with 35 of them "affordable".

The exhibition will be held at the Porthleven Public Hall between 4pm and 8pm.Representatives from the project team will again be on hand to meet local people, answer their questions and listen to their feedback on the proposals.

The project team has appreciated the comments received to date and has incorporated the feedback, where possible, from the first exhibition to create a scheme which has been influenced by the wishes of the local community.

All homes will be of the highest quality, using local materials such as slate and granite to be in keeping with a fishing village.

Mark Rowe from the Rowe family, which owns the land, said: "Having grown up in the Porthleven area, I am aware of how many people have to move away from the place they grew up due to the high price of housing and this has been detrimental to our community.

"Our scheme will offer 60% affordable housing which will be built to the highest quality within the county and will be in keeping with Porthleven and an area of outstanding natural beauty."

"As a local, I am keen for quality affordable housing to be made available for people already in Porthleven who really need it. As such, people with a strong Porthleven connection will be eligible for the affordable homes and we intend to have a specific 'local letting plan' to achieve this.
"Details of this 'local letting plan' will be agreed with the town council, Coastline Housing and Cornwall Council and will have a fundamental aim to provide homes to people from Porthleven. This will offer a real chance for local people to help local people"

It was  important to the  family that the views and opinions of the Porthleven community were heard and the project team was keen to hear what people thought of the plans.

Meanwhile, posters have been placed around Porthleven urging people to say 'no' to the proposals. The posters also say that a public meeting will be held when the final planning application is submitted.

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