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Residents share mixed views on housing plans

By West Briton  |  Posted: September 27, 2012

Kay Farmer, Sarah Smith and Brenda Richards study the plans at the Porthleven consultation event.

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PLANS for up to 60 new affordable homes in Porthleven were unveiled amid opposition and claims of a "huge need" for them.

The Rowe family held a consultation event on three different options – for 58, 77 or 101 new homes, 60 per cent of which will be affordable – for their land off Shrubberies Hill.

There are thought to be about 200 people on the housing waiting list in Porthleven.

The Rowes said they were "committed to supporting the local community by providing homes for local people with ... 60 per cent for affordable housing".

Consultant Steve Jolly said a large number of people visited the consultation event, both in favour and against the development.

Brenda Richards, Gloria Orchard, Marilyn Lord and Maureen Sutherland told the West Briton while there they were concerned over issues including the access to the site, possible sewerage problems and whether the affordable homes would be allocated to local people.

Another resident said: "We don't want this because we have enough houses in Porthleven at the moment."

There was also the suggestion some of the properties could become holiday homes.

Highways' consultant Jon Pearson said: "This is what localism is about, giving people the chance to make their point before we submit an application."

Cornwall Council Cabinet member for housing Mark Kaczmarek told the West Briton there was an urgent need for more affordable housing throughout Cornwall, including "a huge need in Porthleven where there is a high number of holiday homes".

If the proposals went ahead, he said he would like to see a high proportion of the affordable homes being for rent, rather than sale.

Feedback from Friday's consultation day will be studied between now and the end of October.

There will also be "continuing discussions" with Cornwall Council and the local community.

A planning application could be submitted as early as November, subject to the review of feedback and subsequent discussions.

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  • CalmerWaters  |  October 02 2012, 11:12PM

    The real, most moral and most expeditiously realisable answer is very simple - take all those 'holiday houses' that used to be homes back to the community for actually living in! Restoring the heart, life and soul to Cornwall's communities. That's the fight Councillor Kaczmarek should be fighting - not spinelessly colluding in the opportunistic suffocation of Cornwall with unnecessary houses by unscrupulous profiteering developers, landlords and landowners with an eye only to the profits they can tuck away from the superfluous 50-70% overbuild. There are ways of doing that - with sufficient moral and political will. As can be seen from how the residential housing assets of Cornwall have been hijacked by external interests most intensely in recent decades in the points made above, even the remaining so-called 'affordable' houses 30-50% are also unnecessary surplus overbuild. The Housing Associations are also in these overbuild scams right up to their scammy self-interested brass necks.

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