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Concerns over scale of proposed development

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

By Chlöe Smith

  • The Linden Homes exhibition at Penpol School in Hayle: Matt Stead from Linden Homes, left, chats with Frank and Joy Scott-Mance.

  • Penpol School - Hayle. Linden Homes exhibition. A small group of protesters at the gate to Penpol School. PZPM20131216D-002_C.jpg

  • Penpol School - Hayle. Linden Homes exhibition. Martyn Lonsdale (right) from Lavigne-Lonsdale Architects explains the plans to Hayle resident Rex O?Dell. PZPM20131216D-003_C.jpg

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NEARLY 200 residents packed a meeting to view proposals for 225 new homes in Hayle.

Some were angry that they had only received letters about Monday's exhibition at Penpol School two days before it was held.

And several gathered outside to protest against the proposed development on agricultural land south of St George's Road and west of Barview Lane.

Plans for the site, identified by Cornwall Council as an urban extension site in the Town Framework document, include up to 225 houses – some affordable – a children's play park, and 700 square metres of land for an expansion at Penpol School.

Many at the consultation raised concerns about the scale of the proposals.

Roger Smitheram, a nearby resident, said: "My biggest problem is the infrastructure – we need another school, and we need a hospital. Have they put enough thought into it?

"It seems we are going through the motions of having a consultation that has already been agreed. They have to be seen to be doing the right thing."

Others raised concerns about the main access point to the site, which would be on St George's Road.

Plans include a drop-off zone for the school which would be created off St George's Road.

The developers said they were looking into plans to create a possible junction at the site.

Alison Johnson, who lives near the site, said: "I think it's completely wrong. The traffic situation will be an absolute nightmare. If this goes ahead we won't be able to cross the road."

Further issues raised included drainage problems, with some claiming the current sewage system would not be able to cope.

But Richard White, whose two children attend Penpol School, said it could be a positive thing for the town.

"Hayle needs more housing. There are lots of young families here. I am thinking about my children's future. Parking will be more of an issue, but if it's done tactfully and conscientiously then I am supportive," said Mr White.

In response to claims the developer had given little notice of the exhibition, Matt Stead, development manager at Linden Homes, said it had followed correct procedure.

He said: "We have to get so far along the process. We have to consult with local planning officers, the scheme has to be deliverable to some extent. I believe we have done it correctly, in line with local authority procedure. We had a discussion with Hayle Town Council, ward members and now with a wider audience. This is just the first stage of the process."

A second stage of public consultation will be held in January.

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