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Public safety will be ‘at risk’ – stadium plan is under threat

By West Briton  |  Posted: February 16, 2012

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WORRIES that planes could crash into a proposed housing development on the outskirts of Truro have been described as a “nail in the coffin” of Cornwall’s stadium plan.

Experts acting for Truro Airfield wrote to the council saying public safety could be put at risk if the developer Inox’s proposal for 1,500 homes and businesses is approved. It is one of two parallel outline applications which include the stadium on Langarth Farm, behind the park and ride.

Councillor Bert Biscoe, who represents Truro, said: “The letter reinforces the very strong feeling that there isn’t really a viable business plan for the stadium.

“Most people who are being healthily sceptical are saying this is just another nail in the coffin.”

The stadium got outline planning permission in November but Cornwall Council’s business plan for it has never been revealed. Inox vowed to donate the land for the stadium, but it is understood the deal would fall through if the housing plans were not approved.

Mr Biscoe said: “It’s safe to assume that if Inox doesn’t get its planning consent for 1,500 houses it would be difficult to understand the economics behind it handing over land for a stadium. The whole thing has been conceived without taking the airfield into account. If you go into these things in a rush then oversights will be made and can be very costly.”

Planning analysts Kember Loudon Williams, acting for Truro Airfield, warned that single engine planes would fly only 200ft above proposed houses at Langarth.

It wrote: “Please note that the take-off is the loudest constituent part in the standard use of an aircraft – as it is when the most power is required and when statistically the engine is most likely to fail.”

Consideration of Inox’s plan for homes, a restaurant, retail space, a care home and a park and ride extension by Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee is due to take place next month after two postponements.

Cornwall Council denied receipt of the letter – stating “the consequences for the aerodrome could be serious and compensation for loss of business may well be claimed” – days before the meeting, had anything to do with the postponement.

Graham Barral, owner of Truro Airfield, said: “We will use all our energies to prevent the situation of these houses being built and all the problems that it will cause us.

“We have planning consent for 180 aircraft movements a week. The housing development would make our flying illegal.”

He said the council’s original “scoping” failed to take the airfield into account.

Councillor Chris Ridgers, Cabinet member for economy and regeneration, said: “I’m sure it’s just part of the normal information that is issued ahead of the planning application. Whether the stadium goes ahead has no bearing on the housing.”

Inox declined to comment.

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  • 2ladybugs  |  February 17 2012, 6:36PM

    Hi Charles Have done as requested. Hope this gets sorted soon! Take care.

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  • Charlespk  |  February 17 2012, 6:21PM

    TO ALL OTHER posters. I HAVE NOT BEEN POSTING ON This Cornwall at all today. I am now been impersonated and my avatar is being used/stolen. Most probably by 'beechland'. I will be making no further posts on thisis un the poster has been permanently banned. I am requesting all contributors to contact Northcliffe Media Limited.

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  • Gurnards_Head  |  February 17 2012, 5:08PM

    Good grief DuporthBob I am far too cuddly to munch pasties unless of the home made variety on rare occasions. I am not particularly sporting but my business sponsors my localn village rugby team where the enthusiastic amateurs actually pay to play and the team is a vital highly beneficial element of village life just like the similarly thriving cricket and soccer clubs. Unfortunately when young enough to play sport work had to come first but I was so very fortunate to enjoy every moment of it which has rewarded me with a thriving business that provides 20 worthwhile jobs and the wherewithal to put a little back in the form of various sponsorships. You and a lot of others are quick to scold views that do not exactly coincide with your own and do not appear to grasp the guaranteed possibly unintended consequences of what you wish. Firstly unlike my little village rugby team the Pirates are a thrusting go getting business in it for the money as much as the sport, they are a business out to make a lot of money out of the likes of you, if they want a stadium good on them but not at the expense of a vast swathe of open countryside swathed in a crazy development which will currently constitute a new isolated settlement without purpose or roots. It will whether you like it or not it will add significantly to the already unacceptable traffic chaos on Truro's western corridor and will be the trigger for massive further development north of the A39 back towards Truro which will be impossible to control which is the sole reason for my strong objection. The developer is I REPEAT cynically using the carrot of a stadium to acheive the aim of a massive housing development that the area cannot realistically absorb. If the sporting businesses involved in this project can build the stadium adjacent to the park and ride without the in my opinion sleazy incentive offered by the proposed developer I would have no objection because it is a suitable location for a stadium in taken in isolation. You talk of badly needed houses, badly needed by whom? a development on the scale intended does not indicate natural organic growth of an indiginous balanced population reacting to sustainable prosperity but rather mass migration far beyond the capacity of the already strained local infrastructure to absorb, growth of this kind is unhealthy and quite simply unacceptable.

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  • DuporthBob  |  February 17 2012, 4:28PM

    Gurnards_Head I'm not a "pasty munching sporting type" but I do think the Stadium will help bring wealth and prosperity to the area with employment opportunities. The 1500 or so new homes will do the same ie bring work and prosperity and at the same time provide much need housing. Your clearly not a "pasty munching sporting type" or any sporting type come to that matter!.

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  • Gurnards_Head  |  February 16 2012, 9:47PM

    Glad to see Doitdreckly has things in perspective,planning in the Truro area has long been a disaster zone which is why we are where we are at present when enough is enough. The stadium per se is not the problem providing the promoters can make an economic case where it stands on its own feet financially without the residential and retail development which is highly unlikely. 1500 houses in the proposed location will be the thin end of the wedge which is a serious problem, virtually a new small town in its own right with all the additional cars and congestion to go with it, notwithstanding the almost inevitable move to infill anther 2000 or more homes back toward treliske and Maiden Green which is the real hidden game plan. The park and ride is currently an asset and and does fit well with the stadium concept, the fly in the ointment is that the developers are holding the stadium as a trump card to obtain planning permission for the houses and retail which is tantamount to blackmail and I do not like being blackmailed however subtly. A suggestion to all you pasty munching sporting types with a lot to say who want your stadium but do not seem able to grasp the consequences of accepting the developers carrot. AS THERE SEEM TO BE SO MANY OF YOU WHY NOT GET TOGETHER AND INVEST IN YOUR OWN STADIUM THAT YOU CAN THEN BE REALLY PROUD OF I WOULD CERTAINLY JOIN YOU IF YOU DID. IT WOULD TAKE 10,000 SUBSCIBERS AT £500 EACH WHICH IS ACHIEVABLE WHEN YOU CONSIDER HOW MUCH MOST OF YOU SPEND ON YOUR SHIRTS AND SCARVES WITHOUT BATTING AN EYELID.

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  • CornwallMaid  |  February 16 2012, 9:05PM

    Typical, the chance to move the county forward is likley to be halted by a few 'biggles' types 'playing at being pilots! How do they manage in large cities where aircraft constantly pass over and land every few minutes.

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  • josdave  |  February 16 2012, 7:09PM

    Planes can crash anywhere but my only concern is the traffic. The Truro "bypass" is congested at the best of times and this will only make it worse. With an extra 1500 houses the increase in traffic would be horrendous.

  • Doitdreckley  |  February 16 2012, 7:08PM

    The Stadium isn't really the issue. Its all the additional housing that goes with it. Truro does not need or want 5000 additional houses and another 15,000 people. There is major congestion already and clearly an unemployment problem. There is no accessible green space or alternatives to the car. Truro, indeed, has not been 'planned' in any fashion. The Stadium itself is probably in the right place but transport will be a major issue. Truro College could connect in (it has an excellent reputation for sport), there could be health benefits linked to Treliske and (most importantly) a great boost for Cornish national sport and wider culture.

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  • beachland  |  February 16 2012, 5:30PM

    Is the school or hospital in line with the end of the runway and within a few hundred meters while in that line? Probably not.

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  • DuporthBob  |  February 16 2012, 5:30PM

    Who are Kember Loudoncorrect Williams and Graham Barralcorrect anyway?



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