CONCERNED residents crammed into Gulval’s
Lanisley Hall on Monday to find out more about the
possibility of a major new housing development.
Developer Terrace Hill is looking to provide up to 250 new homes and community
infrastructure on land at Ponsandane Farm, to the west of the village and to the north of Ponsandane camping field.
The site, Gulval West, is identified in Cornwall Council’s emerging Local Plan as being suitable for the provision of a small part of the authority’s overall commitment to providing 47,500 new homes across the county.
At the meeting, there was overwhelming support for the newly-formed Gulval Village Community Association.
A spokesman for the association said: “We will meet with councillors, planners and developers to ensure the wishes of the local community, the people who actually live in Gulval, and not the developers, are listened to and taken into account.”
Faced with a possible doubling in size of their village over the next few years, residents saw an artist’s impression of what the approach to Penzance could look like if the plan goes ahead and approved a manifesto to protect the separate identity of the village.
Cornwall councillors Mario Fonk and Roy Mann, Penzance town Mayor Phil Rendle and
St Ives MP Andrew George also attended the meeting.
Mr George, who explained the background to the National Planning Policy Framework, said: “Building hundreds of houses around the village of Gulval is part of the problem, not part of the solution to the housing crisis which Cornwall faces.
“Cornwall is one of the
fastest growing places in the UK.
“Cornwall’s housing stock has more than doubled in the last 40 years yet the housing problems of locals have got significantly worse.
“Simply building thousands more houses may satisfy the desire of developers but it does precious little good in meeting the desperate housing needs of local families.”
All those present were urged to attend a consultation event this Monday, staged by PR
company Creatrix on behalf of Terrace Hill.
The event takes place at
Lanisley Hall from 3pm to 7pm.
The Gulval Village Community Association can be
contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter @GulvalVillage, or Facebook Gulval Village.