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Plans revealed for 400 new houses in Helston

By WBGraeme  |  Posted: February 07, 2014

400 new houses are proposed for Helston

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PLANS are being drawn up to build about 400 houses to create a new residential district to the east of Helston, it has been revealed.

The plans include land for shops or community use, public space, infrastructure and access roads.

The possible site is six large fields, running from the A394 Falmouth road towards Trenethick Farm, between Rowe’s Lane, Manor Way, Forth Gwedhen and Barbican Close.

The land is owned by a company called Jackamax Ltd, of which a director is Helston farmer Mark Rowe.

Mr Rowe was involved in the controversial planning application for houses at Shrubberies Hill, Porthleven, which were approved last year by planners.

No formal planning application has been submitted in relation to Helston but the developers have approached Cornwall Council planners for pre-application advice.

A formal public consultation is due to take place once the planning application has been submitted.

The land is part of Wendron parish and Cornwall Councillor Loveday Jenkin, who represents the area, said: “I think it’s fair to say the majority would be in favour of it, if it led to the creation of a new road to bypass Trewennack.

“That might mitigate enough for people to support it.”

She added: “Without wishing to comment on any specific application, I don’t think we should be building on the outskirts of town if it is to the detriment of the town centre.”

The land has been identified as one of three possible housing sites in a new development plan, called the Helston Framework Plan.

Chairman of the framework steering group, Cornwall councillor for Helston Judith Haycock, said: “This was one of the areas that had been identified for possible housing. If we can identify large developments like this, we can get more from developers from planning gain. A large development like Hellis Wartha has paid for a new road as well as offering affordable housing.”

She said the framework plan would be completed when traffic data collected around Helston last autumn was finally compiled.

Michael Griffin, the project director for the new development, said a formal application would not be submitted for several months.

“We will be undertaking extensive community consultation to help us develop a master-plan for the site before any planning application is submitted,” he said, adding : “The first stage is a workshop for local stakeholders to consider the development possibilities of the site and identify key issues that the plan will need to address.

“This will be followed by public ‘drop in’ sessions in early March and another round of consultation this spring, once we have developed initial plans for the site. We hope to submit an application in summer 2014.”

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  • myself1  |  February 19 2014, 1:15PM

    Poor old Cornwall is quaint no longer! New houses seem to be appearing everywhere and in every oriface. I would like to know do the planning applicants/authority ever consider the impact this has on our hospitals, surgeries, schools etc which are already full to bursting? Many of the people who move to these dwellings are retired and therefore more likely to be using the already full health care services. Obviously this development will have an impact on our already busy roads especially in summer when more tourists will appear. It really saddens me when I see green fields carved up to make way for yet more development - we will never get this land back - it will be gone for good only to be replaced by yet more concrete and tarmac.

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  • superdario  |  February 10 2014, 10:55PM

    Not impressed with the timimg, seems timed to influence the town framework plan. I hope the council are not giving planning advice when we haven't even seen the plan yet. Loveday must be dreaming if she thinks they will build a Trewennack by-pass. The town plan will probably not be worth the paper it is written on and big business will get its way as the good people of Porthleven found to their cost.

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