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Penponds residents campaign against housing development on greenfield site

By WBKatri  |  Posted: June 11, 2013

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Penponds residents campaign against housing development on greenfield site

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PENPONDS residents opposing plans to build six homes in the village turned out in force last night to voice their concerns about the proposal.

More than 40 people attended Camborne Town Council’s planning committee meeting at the Basset Centre where an application to build three affordable and three market priced homes at Penponds Farm, Higher Penponds Road, was discussed.

Treve James, who runs All Saints Centre in Tuckingmill, spoke on behalf of the concerned residents.

He told the committee about the impact the proposed housing development on a greenfield site would have.

He said: “We are totally opposed to this development and any development on greenfield sites in Penponds or elsewhere in Camborne or the rest of Cornwall.

“Camborne like many other parts of the county have many brownfield sites that should be built on first, these are not only an eyesore to those who live here but to the visitors who come to see and learn about the heritage of this once famous industrial town.

“This part of Cornwall has applied for world heritage status so it should not be surrounded by brownfield sites that have become areas for fly tipping.

“It is very sad that a 92-year-old lady living in Tuckingmill has rats running around her property from the old Teagle site where there has also been numerous problems necessitating action by the fire and police services. It is present government legislation that brownfield sites should be used first so why are we building on greenfields?”

He also talked about the narrow road going through the village, which he said was being used as a short cut to the main A30.

He said the road was becoming very dangerous for parents taking their children to the village school because of the increased traffic.

He continued: “The middle of the village is already flooded after heavy rain because of inadequate drainage and drains that have not been cleaned out for many years.

“We need further services in place to accommodate any new build in this area. The town council should be united to ensure that one of its priorities on planning issues in the future should be that brownfields sites are cleaned up and used before tearing up the countryside.”

The group has also written to Cornwall Council’s senior development officer further outlining its concerns.

The application was turned down unanimously by the committee and it will be discussed at Cornwall Council planning committee meeting on June 24.

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