The majority of residents that attended the exhibition for the proposed 1,000 home Broadmoor Farm plans on the outskirts of Saltash supported it, developers behind the scheme have said.
The results of the exhibition at the Saltash Wesley Methodist Church showed support with 63 percent of residents agreeing to the proposed development according to the developers, the Commercial Estates Group (CEG).
The scheme includes proposals for a primary school, employment opportunities, a community hall, green spaces and improvements to the existing highway routes and a pedestrian bridge across the A38.
Development manager for the CEG, Matthew Tunley said: “We're still starting to build on the eastern side because it makes sense to create a route through to the school site in the initial stages.
“However, we listened carefully to people and are pleased to be able to adjust the timescale for Stoketon Cross.
“We were really encouraged that 800 people attended this second exhibition indicating how committed the local community is to helping us get it right and that the vast majority believe this is a positive step for Saltash and the locality.”
Residents totalling 82 percent said they welcomed plans for a new roundabout at Stoketon Cross and 73 percent thought the proposed roundabout at the Carkeel eastern site access was a good idea, according to the CEG.
The highway proposals will be to ask the Highways Agency and Cornwall Council Highways for their approval as part of the planning submission.
Concern was expressed about the timing of construction for the Stoketon Cross access route and as a result, the CEG has decided to bring this element of the scheme forward.
This means that construction will take place in an early development phase rather than four to five years into the development which was originally planned.
In addition to highways matters, 82 percent said they supported the types and range of open spaces suggested, according to the developers.
Residents totalling 71 percent liked the site’s mix of uses including employment, affordable housing and a small number of convenience shops, according to the CEG.
Chair of the North and Middle Pill Neighbourhood Association Helen Hocking said Broadmoor Farm was the preferred site as far as her members were concerned.
Mrs Hocking said: “The site represents a deliverable and sustainable option for meeting all of Saltash’s mixed development needs over the next 20 years.
“We believe it presents the most appropriate option to benefit the town as a whole and we would urge Saltash residents to support this development.”
According to the CEG, economic benefits include a construction investment of £125 million and around 400 construction jobs.
The developers said there will be between £13 and £15 million annual spend in the locality by residents plus up to 1,000 jobs created via the new employment opportunities.