Falmouth farmland homes plan is 'insanity'

The 300 homes would be built on a greenfield site to the west of Bickland Hill

The 300 homes would be built on a greenfield site to the west of Bickland Hill

First published in News Falmouth Packet: Photograph of the Author by , Ex-Reporter/Photographer

Plans to build 300 homes on land opposite Falmouth Town Football Club were branded as “insanity” by one town councillor this week.

At a meeting of Falmouth Town Council’s planning committee on Monday, councillors vowed to stand by their colleagues on Budock Parish Council and fight the proposals, which would see new homes built on a 38 acre site at Lower Kergilliack Farm, off Bickland Water Road.

A map showing the area off of Bickland Hill where the new homes are planned:

Chair Diana Merrett said she thought developers Persimmon Homes and Taylor Wimpey had “chosen the wrong area,” because they were proposing building on prime agricultural land that backs on to a busy and “dangerous road”.

“I’m not happy with it,” she said, “it’s going to cause a huge nightmare and more than one collision I reckon.”

Councillor Jenny Booth said the area was prone to flooding and traffic bottlenecks adding: “I think it’s insanity.”

A call to consult with Budock Parish Council was made by councillor Oliver Cramp, who said: “It’s a case of together we stand or divided we fall, so I think we want to be talking to them and find out what’s best.”

The committee resolved to hold fire with their response to county planners until Budock Parish Council hold their planning meeting on December 10.

Town clerk Mark Williams said councillors would also take a closer look at how the plans impact on existing infrastructure and fit with the “Falmouth and Penryn Framework Document,” currently being drawn up by Cornwall Council.

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10:56am Wed 5 Dec 12

FootballSupporter says...

I was under the impression that the Football Club were looking to have homes built on Bickland Park, and they were to move on elsewhere.
I was under the impression that the Football Club were looking to have homes built on Bickland Park, and they were to move on elsewhere. FootballSupporter
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11:15am Wed 5 Dec 12

Lanty Slee says...

It were all fields when I were a lad.
It were all fields when I were a lad. Lanty Slee
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2:10pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe says...

"insanity...", "a nightmare..."

Can we expect Armageddon as a result then?

Not prone to hyperbole at all are they, these two councillors. Their views might be taken more seriously if they used more measured language.
"insanity...", "a nightmare..." Can we expect Armageddon as a result then? Not prone to hyperbole at all are they, these two councillors. Their views might be taken more seriously if they used more measured language. Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe
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10:34am Thu 6 Dec 12

MattyV says...

I live in Budock Water and don't object to more housing. Having said that the location has to be right. Bickland Water road already has long delays during rush hour. Surely more housing between Falmouth and Truro would make more sense?
I live in Budock Water and don't object to more housing. Having said that the location has to be right. Bickland Water road already has long delays during rush hour. Surely more housing between Falmouth and Truro would make more sense? MattyV
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12:16pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Claudius says...

I must agree with MattyV.
This constant packing every square inch of land with housing in any and every green spot just ruins the area.
The traffic in the morning is very heavy around Bickland ,Penmere, Western Terrace as it is.Its like living in a city rather than a West Country town.
I must agree with MattyV. This constant packing every square inch of land with housing in any and every green spot just ruins the area. The traffic in the morning is very heavy around Bickland ,Penmere, Western Terrace as it is.Its like living in a city rather than a West Country town. Claudius
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3:25pm Fri 7 Dec 12

ucsweb says...

Is this framework document the one that was supposed to be published last September?
I found a reference to it on another site "Chairman Jenny Booth said: "Nobody from Falmouth Town Council has had any input into that framework document.
"If it's adopted, this will be what's imposed on us and not what we're asking for. The whole council should be involved; it's the future of Falmouth for the next 20 years."
If this is true, is it being kept secret so that these plans can be pushed through with little or no local input?
The people of Falmouth will have to live with the consequences. We will never get this agricultural land back!
Is this framework document the one that was supposed to be published last September? I found a reference to it on another site "Chairman Jenny Booth said: "Nobody from Falmouth Town Council has had any input into that framework document. "If it's adopted, this will be what's imposed on us and not what we're asking for. The whole council should be involved; it's the future of Falmouth for the next 20 years." If this is true, is it being kept secret so that these plans can be pushed through with little or no local input? The people of Falmouth will have to live with the consequences. We will never get this agricultural land back! ucsweb
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6:12am Sat 8 Dec 12

molesworth says...

We should all come up with better suggestions to make this go away. It also depresses me because it'll end up being an unsightly estate with as many tiny houses as possible crammed together with no shop or pub or playground so the developers can make as much money as possible. Did you know that our minimum legal size of a 'house' is the smallest in Europe, by far. Why don't we get that fellow who's into designing community living spaces, Wayne Hemingway, to design the development and then it'd be nice to look at and live in and maybe even world famous. We can always make a positive out of a negative.
We should all come up with better suggestions to make this go away. It also depresses me because it'll end up being an unsightly estate with as many tiny houses as possible crammed together with no shop or pub or playground so the developers can make as much money as possible. Did you know that our minimum legal size of a 'house' is the smallest in Europe, by far. Why don't we get that fellow who's into designing community living spaces, Wayne Hemingway, to design the development and then it'd be nice to look at and live in and maybe even world famous. We can always make a positive out of a negative. molesworth
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