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Housing plan for crime boss Jack Harvey's family land

By West Briton  |  Posted: July 05, 2012

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A HOUSING development could be built on land belonging to the family of notorious crime boss Jack Harvey, who was ordered to pay back millions of pounds by the courts.

His family business JFL Harvey Ltd is trying to get planning permission for 66 homes at Buckshead on the Newquay Road.

Harvey was ordered to pay back more than £2.25 million after being jailed for arson and handling stolen goods.

And a councillor has warned the development could be one of many to the east of Truro following the successful application to build a Waitrose store and a park-and-ride at the top of Tregolls Road.

The four-acre development site is largely in the south-eastern corner of the land which is owned by the Harvey family near Polwhele.

The planning documents, submitted by agent Stephen Payne Planning, state the Harveys aimed to continue operating their plant hire business from part of the site.

Police and officers from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs and the Environment Agency swooped on Harvey's plant hire compound in May 2009, and Harvey was jailed in 2010 after being found guilty of a series of arson attacks carried out on rival firms' vehicles.

In April of this year Judge Christopher Elwen ordered Harvey to pay back £2,275,450 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

This followed an order made in September 2010 that Harvey should pay £800,000 in compensation to the insurers of the rival firms which had been targeted by the arson attacks.

At the time Jo Martin, Harvey's barrister, told the court: "There is going to have to be a sale of the whole business."

In response to questions by the West Briton this week, a woman who claimed to be a family member replied: "Mind your own business."

The pre-application planning documents state: "It is now recognised by the council ... that it is appropriate for some growth to take place on the eastern side of the city."

Bert Biscoe, Cornwall councillor for Truro Moresk, campaigned against the application by Cornwall Council and the Duchy of Cornwall to build a shopping, housing and transport development.

"I warned that the Waitrose deal would set the precedent for unlocking the swathe of land between the A390 and the railway line all the way down to Tresillian," he said.

"For the first time applicants will be able to quote a consent for 100 houses on Duchy land."

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  • localtruroman  |  July 15 2012, 3:47PM

    Jacks worked every day of his life ever since he left school at the age of 16. where he sold ice cream and fire wood until the age of 20 where then he got his first bulldozer and had his first contract job with county council. he built a two wards up treliske hospital for free to help people who had muscular dystrophy. he has done a few charity events over the years.. he gave £5000 to council so truro could have xmas lights put up in the town No member off that family has sat on there asses all day every day living off crime money as you say they all have jobs and work 40+ hours 5 days a week, he has a grandson who works for a2b taxi and he has 3 grandsons who done a cscs course and are out working in construction it was a couple in birmingham who had sold jack stolen machinary so dnt blame jack for none of this until u know the facts you only know the info of what the journalists want to stick in the paper to make people look worse then they are jack may have done a few fires but that was because cormac was hiring jet from newton abbot when it states in the contract for cormac.. they must only hire local businesses so in a way i can see why jack did that... everyone has done wrong in his life but he aint as bad as other people.. jacks never murdered anyone or anything bad like that so stop judging him.. none of you know him as in individual person lets face it your all jealous because hes worked hard 7 days a week since he was 16 and made something of his self and had a successful business.

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  • localtruroman  |  July 15 2012, 3:44PM

    Jacks worked every day of his life ever since he left school at the age of 16. where he sold ice cream and fire wood until the age of 20 where then he got his first bulldozer and had his first contract job with county council. he built a two wards up treliske hospital for free to help people who had muscular dystrophy. he has done a few charity events over the years.. he gave £5000 to council so truro could have xmas lights put up in the town No member off that family has sat on there asses all day every day living off crime money as you say they all got jobs and work 5 days a week and do 40+ hours, he has a grandson who works for a2b taxi and he has 3 grandsons who done a cscs course and are out working in construction it was a couple in birmingham who had sold jack stolen machinary so dnt blame jack for none of this until u know the facts you only know the info of what the journalists want to stick in the paper to make people look worse then they are jack may have done a few fires but that was because cormac was hiring jet from newton abbot when it states in the contract for cormac.. they must only hire local businesses so in a way i can see why jack did that... everyone has done wrong in his life but he aint as bad as other people.. jacks never murdered anyone or anything bad like that so stop judging him.. none of you know him as in individual person lets face it your all jealous because hes worked hard 7 days a week since he was 16 and made something of his self and had a successful business. where as you lot have nothing

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  • squidgeysmum  |  July 06 2012, 10:18AM

    Scumbag family should have everything taken away fromn them after what he did. They all knew what was happening and are scum too if theyre happy to sit on their back sides living off criminal money!! Scum of the earth! Why they havent had that land taken away from them is beyond me and they should absolutely not be granted permission to earn more money from that scums crimianl activities!!! Im all for developing and think its just what we need but i dont agree with that scum family benefitting even more!! take it all away and let them live in the gutter where they belong!!!

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  • poldice  |  July 05 2012, 4:05PM

    Well they have seen the Duke of Cornwall get away with it and set a precedent just over the hill which has declared open season on developing the east side of Truro, given that the Duke has regularly pontificated about unsuitable development elsewhere his credibility is in tatters. A hyppocrit or a bunch of criminals, its really hobsons choice I reckon, but the damage is done God help Truro and Cornwall.

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  • josdave  |  July 05 2012, 3:18PM

    They should not get a penny given where their income came from. The proceeds of crime. Why should the family, who knew full well how he got his money, benefit from this? As has been said it appears crime does pay if they are allowed to get away with this.

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  • oldjamaica  |  July 05 2012, 1:58PM

    if this goes ahead it will be a complete travesty.

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  • ChyTol  |  July 05 2012, 1:50PM

    They are a scumbag family

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  • rt1379  |  July 05 2012, 1:24PM

    NO

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  • AnGof1955  |  July 05 2012, 12:53PM

    Jack is small fish compared to the Bankers, now thats true Crime.

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  • Doitdreckley  |  July 05 2012, 12:22PM

    Who says crime doesn't pay?!

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