‘It appears money talks louder than any protestor’

First published in Skipper

* Full story of the plans for the new industrial estate below ..

THE fact plans to build a new industrial estate on land between Falmouth and Budock Water have finally been granted permission cannot be a surprise to anyone.

This piece of land has been earmarked for development for years, and it was only ever a matter of time before the inevitable happened.

Sadly, the battle to prevent this plan from going ahead has proved to be an expensive one, with the legal costs of the appeal process being handed to Cornwall Council.

It seems a little churlish to make council tax payers pay the price for the fight to save the countryside around them from development. However, maybe it is time we accept the fact we have little say on what happens to the land around us.

For all of the government's trumpeting of localism, it seems to me that nothing has changed - it does not matter what people in the local area want - developers will be given the green light regardless.

Yet again it appears that money talks far louder than any protestor.

Now, please do not think this is a rant against Rowe's, whose desire to build an extension to their factory is behind the scheme.

The company is a local success story, provides local job in a tough economic climate, and the very fact it wants to expand suggests it will be supporting local workers for many years to come.

Indeed, if it was just a case of building the extension, I would have had little objection to the scheme.

However, the developers behind the project were never going to do that.

Instead, the extension comes alongside 12 'bespoke, hybrid office and industrial units'.

Now, I cannot for a second imagine how anyone would have thought it was a good idea to build 12 more industrial units in Falmouth.

Drive around any of the town's business parks and you will find empty units galore.

The demand is simply not there, and, despite claims we are out of recession last week, it looks unlikely we are set for a surge of new businesses coming into the town any time soon.

Sadly, that fact is not enough to prevent these new units from being built on the beautiful countryside on the edge of the town, where they will more than likely sit, unoccupied, for many years to come.

Maybe some new rules could be introduced by the government to benefit local people for once.

Why not make developers pay a surcharge for every property built that remains empty for more than a year? It may just be enough to make them think twice before submitting plans like these.

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5:02pm Thu 1 Nov 12

ucsweb says...

Just because you will have to live with the consequences doesn't mean that your opinion will make a bit of a difference. There is no such thing a localism in planning, they will build what they like, where they like if there is a demand for it or not.
This is a fiasco. Building industrial units on green and agricultural land for companies that don't exist. No matter how many times an application is considered, objected to or refused it will get pushed through eventually. Falmouth will never get this land back.
Objectors will always be considered as a load of nimby's who don't really count.
There is no such thing as strategic planning in the Falmouth / Penryn area and no overall plan for the future. There never will be because, if it doesn't exist they don't need to defend or explain it.”
Just because you will have to live with the consequences doesn't mean that your opinion will make a bit of a difference. There is no such thing a localism in planning, they will build what they like, where they like if there is a demand for it or not. This is a fiasco. Building industrial units on green and agricultural land for companies that don't exist. No matter how many times an application is considered, objected to or refused it will get pushed through eventually. Falmouth will never get this land back. Objectors will always be considered as a load of nimby's who don't really count. There is no such thing as strategic planning in the Falmouth / Penryn area and no overall plan for the future. There never will be because, if it doesn't exist they don't need to defend or explain it.” ucsweb
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9:35pm Sat 3 Nov 12

Gill Zella Martin says...

It is the government that is relaxing the planning laws, however, Cornwall Council should remember they do still have some control. I have been living in the middle of a building site for months and the properties were supposed to be finished end of July, be lucky if it is July next year. They should specify time limits with penalty clauses included in the planning applications, it would be a good money maker for the council, for properties in residential areas, as it is the residents that suffer the inconvenience and I live in an unadopted road, the council are quite happy to give planning permission but do not want to adopt the road. Now there is another absurd application for two houses that has been submitted for this single track unadopted road with all bungalows, and it dosn't help when 3 parish councillors voted in favour of them. Lucky me, I move on Monday to somewhere where there is no room to build anything.
I agree too with the Skipper, developers should pay a surcharge if any properties are left empty for any length of time after building them.
It is the government that is relaxing the planning laws, however, Cornwall Council should remember they do still have some control. I have been living in the middle of a building site for months and the properties were supposed to be finished end of July, be lucky if it is July next year. They should specify time limits with penalty clauses included in the planning applications, it would be a good money maker for the council, for properties in residential areas, as it is the residents that suffer the inconvenience and I live in an unadopted road, the council are quite happy to give planning permission but do not want to adopt the road. Now there is another absurd application for two houses that has been submitted for this single track unadopted road with all bungalows, and it dosn't help when 3 parish councillors voted in favour of them. Lucky me, I move on Monday to somewhere where there is no room to build anything. I agree too with the Skipper, developers should pay a surcharge if any properties are left empty for any length of time after building them. Gill Zella Martin
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1:05pm Wed 7 Nov 12

ucsweb says...

Don't get too comfortable. Parking spaces, green belt, gardens, agricultural and any ground of any shape or size if the planners have their way!
Access doesn't matter, safety doesn't matter, localism doesn't matter. We are all just a bunch of nimbys anyway.
Don't get too comfortable. Parking spaces, green belt, gardens, agricultural and any ground of any shape or size if the planners have their way! Access doesn't matter, safety doesn't matter, localism doesn't matter. We are all just a bunch of nimbys anyway. ucsweb
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8:02pm Sat 10 Nov 12

Gill Zella Martin says...

The council seem to think it is ok to let building/constructio
n lorries/heavy plant, that will be frequenting another another unadopted road nearby to build another two houses, use both unadopted roads for turning in, with no provision for the roads to be reinstated to their original condition afterwards. The roads are maintained at the residents expense as the council refuse to adopt them. So basically it is a case of give planning permission, stuff the residents views and tough luck afterwards when your road is falling to bits because the council will not want to know. Any discount on my council tax for it ?
The council seem to think it is ok to let building/constructio n lorries/heavy plant, that will be frequenting another another unadopted road nearby to build another two houses, use both unadopted roads for turning in, with no provision for the roads to be reinstated to their original condition afterwards. The roads are maintained at the residents expense as the council refuse to adopt them. So basically it is a case of give planning permission, stuff the residents views and tough luck afterwards when your road is falling to bits because the council will not want to know. Any discount on my council tax for it ? Gill Zella Martin
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8:24pm Sat 10 Nov 12

Gill Zella Martin says...

I am glad I moved on Monday but feel sorry for those that have to put up with another over development of a site, with houses looking down into their bungalows.
I am glad I moved on Monday but feel sorry for those that have to put up with another over development of a site, with houses looking down into their bungalows. Gill Zella Martin
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4:14pm Wed 14 Nov 12

tyrionb says...

The continually trotted out statement that there are plenty of vacant buildings available in falmouth misses the point that they do not help expansion on a specific site. Spreading your business across a number of beehive units dotted over and industrial estate does not lead to good productivity. Most of these vacant buildings are unsuitable and in dire need of doing up by the landlords and should not be a reason to refuse a development.
The continually trotted out statement that there are plenty of vacant buildings available in falmouth misses the point that they do not help expansion on a specific site. Spreading your business across a number of beehive units dotted over and industrial estate does not lead to good productivity. Most of these vacant buildings are unsuitable and in dire need of doing up by the landlords and should not be a reason to refuse a development. tyrionb
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