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'Not enough affordable homes in proposed development' says Penryn Town Council

By WBCraig  |  Posted: April 16, 2014

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Plans for 103 homes in Penryn

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PENRYN town council has raised concerns over the amount of affordable housing proposed by a developer who wants to build 100 homes in the town.

Pre application advice is being sought by Bovis Homes and Walker Developments for the proposed development of 103 homes at Kernick, behind Asda.

The Coach House development would also feature a two-storey health centre and include 1,500 square metres of commercial space over three floors, plus parking.

But the developers have only included 21 homes in the pre application enquiry which was sent to Cornwall Council at the end of March.

In an email to Cornwall Council, town clerk Michelle dDavey said: “I understand that town and parish councils are not formally consulted at pre application stage.

“However, the chairman of the planning committee has requested that I raise a concern regarding the level of affordable housing proposed for this application.”

“On a site with 103 dwellings, a proposal for only 21 affordable dwellings falls far short of the target of 40 per cent which has been set in the draft Local Plan for this area.

“The town council has already given a clear indication of support for the principle of development on this site having identified it in its Town Plan as being one suitable for development and it would be extremely disappointing if the Town Council could not support the application because it failed to deliver an acceptable level of affordable dwellings given the dire need in the area for social and low-cost housing.”

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  • martian1956  |  April 16 2014, 10:51AM

    Affordable housing (£120,000) is probably costing the developers too much of their profits to build, hence the lower % of the total build. On the other hand, I would prefer a development of this type next door to me rather than the total nightmare prospect of a development of social housing. "Call me a Nimby but you are all thinking it"

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