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.