FURIOUS opponents have vowed to do everything in their power to prevent a housing development at Redruth.
They are adamant the proposed 140 homes at Treskerby are not needed and will adversely affect the neighbourhood.
So far, more than 100 people have submitted comments to Cornwall Council about the plans submitted by Rhosnoweth Developments Ltd.
Most oppose the proposal for 84 units of open market housing, 31 units of social rented housing and 25 units of intermediate housing (shared ownership).
But some welcome the possibility of "affordable" homes.
Opponents say the site is greenfield and outside the urban extension area, the road "horrendously busy" with "a dangerous reputation" and the elevated site could cause flooding to neighbouring properties. They claim the former mining land is heavily contaminated with arsenic, asbestos and construction waste, and the nearest school is already oversubscribed, with local children having to travel as far as Camborne.
Residents have set up the Treskerby Neighbourhood and Countryside Alliance (TNCA) to fight the plans and member Andrea Markou said: "The TNCA will not deliver argument with the developers, it is a waste of time. Their insensitive behaviour throughout this process has brought this community together and we have the backing of barristers, professionals and, more importantly, a financial strategy to fund this through the High Court, if necessary. We are very confident the TNCA will deliver full and accountable information to Cornwall Council's planning department."
About 50 people attended a meeting of Redruth Town Council's planning committee last Monday evening.
Among those present were spokesmen for the developer, opponents and supporters of the scheme, and representatives of Trelawney Alliance and Our Cornwall, bodies fighting plans for "mass house-building" across the county.
Jean Charman, chairman of Trelawney Alliance campaign group, said: "I spoke about the core strategy, now known as the local plan. Already 6,500 houses are planned for the CPIR [Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth] area, so the assertion that these houses are badly needed is absolute rubbish."
The town council resolved to ask Cornwall Council's planning committee to hold a site meeting.