A NEW village of more than 500 homes to be built at Camborne has been branded “a catastrophe”.
Plans have been submitted to build the final 175 houses as part of the new Rosewarne Village project, which will include 535 homes, a village square and retail units off Boiler Works Road, between the residential area and the A30.
But neighbours fear there is a lack of infrastructure including doctors’ surgeries, sewage systems and schools to cope with the influx of residents. Questions have also been raised over who will occupy the homes, with concerns that people in need of housing cannot stretch to the guide price for affordable houses at the site of about £120,000.
Speaking at Camborne Town Council’s planning committee meeting on Monday, Jean Charman claimed 82 per cent of the homes have been constructed for “inward migration” and said there would soon be no green space left.
In a response to the strength of public feeling, chairman of the town’s planning committee, Councillor Adam Crickett, decided to call in representatives from the development to be quizzed by locals. But they have no obligation to uphold the council’s request.
Michael Keeley, who lives opposite the site, told the committee if the final 175 homes were built then he would be living in a “sewage pit”.
He said: “South West Water has confirmed they will not build new pipes to cope with the amount of sewage from the new homes.
“The sewage already spills out onto the field. Lumping concrete on top of this will only make it worse.
“There is a children’s play area there called Red River. If these homes are built then that will quickly become flooded with raw sewage.
“I’m going to be living in a sewage pit and (the site) is a catastrophe.”
David Biggs, former Cornwall councillor, told the committee the plans had been originally recommended for refusal and an order put in place to halt the development until drainage issues have been sorted.
Planning permission for the site was given to Graceloft Ltd by Cornwall Council in 2008 based on certain conditions that included improving highways access.
But in 2011, the plans were resubmitted with alterations and given permission as long as further reserved matters were addressed, relating to access and the appearance of the scheme.
The developer was given three years to address these conditions.
An application was finally submitted earlier this month, ahead of the three-year deadline on Monday.
Mr Crickett predicted the site would be a “death trap” as each of the 175 homes had space for two vehicles.
Building work has already started on other homes as part of the village plan.