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Access 'lottery' fails to stymie Penryn homes plan
6:00am Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
Plans to build two new homes in Penryn have been given approval despite objections from neighbouring residents who fear parking and access to their properties will become “a lottery.”
Graham Parker had originally applied to build two, four-storey, semi-detached houses on land next to 1 Dunstan Close, but after negotiations with planning officers and local councillors, the proposed new homes were dropped to two-storeys.
In the design statement accompanying the application it said: “It is submitted that this proposal makes good use of this large neglected and redundant garden and amenity area in the heart of the town set within a predominantly residential area and surrounded by recently constructed new dwellings.”
Local residents, however, objected voicing concerns over the impact the development would have on car parking and access to existing properties in Dunstan Close.
Michael Macreavy said: “Every property already suffers from the ridiculous parking and vehicle access situation. On a personal level on two occasions an ambulance was unable to access our property because of the usual inconsiderate parking at the bottom of our drive and this proposed development would only exacerbate an already intolerable situation. I know that access to our drive would be a lottery.”
Laurie Burley added: “Emergency vehicles would never be able to get to us which is very concerning. There are six properties already using this access and granting permission for two more houses and the accompanying vehicles will only make the situation even worse.”
Lynette Dunn said: “We have problems with traffic chaos already and with even more cars etc I find it hard to think how this is not an accident waiting to happen.”
The application has been granted conditional approval by Cornwall Council, with case officer, Martin Woodley, saying: “Whilst the concerns of neighbours are acknowledged and appreciated in respect of the local car parking pressure, it must be recognised that the site lies within a particularly accessible and sustainable location in terms of affording ease of access to community facilities and services in the town centre and a range of travel mode options.”
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