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Go-ahead likely for 1,000 new homes

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: January 13, 2009

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MORE than 1,000 new homes are set for the green light in Newquay as seven controversial applications that could change the town forever are heard.

Restormel Borough Council's development control committee is to decide the fate of the applications from the Duchy of Cornwall, Kingsley Developers and Fortdown Ltd – which could increase the local population by more than 3,000, if approved.

The Duchy of Cornwall has applied to build 200 homes on land at Tregunnel Hill, 500 homes and two care homes on land off Quintrell Road, while Kingsley Developers is aiming for approval to build around 200 homes and retail units on land off Trevenson Road – opposite Shackleton Drive.

Fortdown Ltd has applied to build 117 new homes, business units, a community centre and hydrotherapy centre on West Road in Quintrell Downs – opposite the main village roundabout.

All the applications have been marked for approval by Restormel Borough Council officers but will be sent to the Government Office South West to be rubber stamped, if councillors on the development control committee also give them the nod on January 22.

Plans from all three applicants have raised eyebrows in the Newquay area over the past few months.

But the proposals could see hundreds of affordable housing units built as a result – of which Restormel is in desperate need.

In the district authority's report to members on the Duchy of Cornwall plans for Quintrell Road, officers state: "This outline proposal provides a framework for a sustainable development of this agricultural land with a satisfactory mix of uses comprising residential, including affordable housing and care home provision, employment and community uses.

"This application is considered crucial to the local planning authority's obligation in respect of the provision of land availability for housing development."

However, neighbours of the Quintrell Road scheme have been quick to show their feelings and have submitted to Restormel a petition of 351 signatures.

Neighbours complained of potential loss of privacy, increase in noise, overdevelopment of the land, not enough local infrastructure to cope with extra homes and pressure on overstretched services.

Similarly, Kingsley Developers has come under criticism from neighbours, who submitted a 450-strong petition to Restormel about the plans for Trevenson Road.

Despite the fact that the plans will see a relief road built for Trencreek, neighbours say it is already too busy and extra cars could cause problems for children walking to school.

Questions were also raised about potential flooding of any new builds along Trevenson Road, with claims that Trencreek Stream regularly floods in bad weather.

Local residents also questioned the Fortdown scheme in Quintrell Downs, claiming the development would cause further traffic congestion. Restormel also received 30 letters of objection to that scheme.

All the applications will be heard at Restormel's St Austell headquarters on January 22.

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    Brian Wright, Newquay  |  January 15 2009, 5:09PM

    Could you just imagine the traffic around Morrison's Supermarket during the summer if theses developments get the go ahead. I think Iraq would be a good idea as it is now a lot safer than Newquay Town centre on a weekend.

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    geof, newquay  |  January 14 2009, 12:20PM

    move to iraq? strange comment. Its not about homes but its about Newquay having the resources to support the new families buying the homes i.e. schools which aren't at bursting point., local jobs, shops etc. none of these newquay currently has.

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    mike, Newquay  |  January 14 2009, 10:07AM

    1,000 homes is unlikely to change Newquay forever! Move people are moving to Cornwall and our local population is growing so we need alot more houses built around the County. Those of you who don't like change move to Iraq theres not many houses there left.

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    jim, newquay  |  January 13 2009, 4:03PM

    there is no need for these homes in newquay- typical planners and council don¿t actually know what is required in the local area. there isn't the local infrastucture or jobs to support the number of people who would move into the area to fill these homes -thats if they can get mortgages to buy the homes in the first place.

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    Caroline, St Austell  |  January 13 2009, 3:25PM

    And how many of these will become second/holiday homes??