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Traffic fears as school site plans go on show

By West Briton  |  Posted: October 13, 2012

Land and planning director David Matthews and architect Ian Russell with plans for the proposed housing development on the former Richard Lander School site in Truro.

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PLANS to turn the former Richard Lander School site in Truro into a multimillion pound housing estate have been revealed.

Developer Taylor Wimpey has proposed to build 227 affordable and open market homes on the 20-acre Highertown site it bought from Cornwall Council last year. It has been empty since the school moved in 2007.

More than 100 visitors inspected the £25 million scheme at a one-day public exhibition at All Saints Church in Highertown on Friday.

Some local residents voiced concerns over increased traffic to the A390.

Dorothy Webb described the plan as "crazy" and added: "They haven't got enough road accesses or pavements and parking is going to be a nightmare. It is going to get worse, it is highly and utterly dangerous. Also what happened to play and green areas?"

But Taylor Wimpey said it would work with Cornwall Council's highway department to address the impact the development will have on the road network.

Land and planning director David Matthews said: "We have produced access plans to improve traffic flow on the surrounding roads, which will aim to address some of the concerns raised."

The proposed development would consist of two, three, four, five and six-bedroom properties, delivered in stages over six years. Forty per cent of them would be affordable and the company has also pledged to make section 106 planning agreement contributions towards education, sustainable transportation, waste and recycling and public open spaces.

In addition £6 million of the undisclosed final price tag will go towards paying off the cost of building the new school.

Following the review of the feedback from the exhibition, Taylor Wimpey said it would submit its plans to the council. To view the plans, visit www.richardlanderschool.co.uk or e-mail richardlanderschool@taylorwimpey.com

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  • kernewekonan  |  October 14 2012, 1:22PM

    there is never any mention of more employment as such in cornwall just more & more houses. where is the money coming from for rents & mortgages? needed to occupy these properties when built. unless this fickle coalition can magic up a few hundred thousand jobs the rest of us do not know about.

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