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Residents object to Goldenbank holiday homes plan
9:00am Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
An attempt is being made to relax a planning condition which would allow properties designated as holiday homes at Goldenbank in Falmouth to be released onto the residential property market.
The application for consent to modify the section 106 agreement in relation to Pennance Farm Barns is facing objections, however, from some local residents who want the restriction to remain in place.
Planning permission was granted in 2007 for the conversion of seven agricultural barn and the creation of five new buildings to provide 12 units of holiday accommodation. These, however, have proved almost impossible to sell. The bid to have the holiday use restriction lifted is being made by the joint administrators of Trehaddle Developments SW Ltd and is supported by a report from planning consultants Alder King.
They say: “Three of the properties are currently in use as holiday accommodation with those remaining having stood vacant for in excess of five years.
“Given the fact there is no material difference between a property used for residential purpose and one built for holiday accommodation, this renders the restrictive obligation redundant.
“It has been demonstrated that there is no market interest in the use of the vacant properties for holiday accommodation. As a result, the occupancy restriction no longer serves a useful purpose and is preventing the re-use of the buildings for residential purposes.”
Objecting to the proposal, Michael Clegg said: “Twinbrook Lane is a narrow, single track lane totally unsuitable to any increase in traffic. The amount of traffic increase, if these properties are allowed to become residential, will be many times that from the existing holiday use.
“The agents’ argument that the properties will never sell as holiday houses is contentious as the present financial situation will eventually change and they will become saleable as holiday homes.”
Malcolm Leather also raised concerns over the additional traffic and added: “If the administrators were to drop the prices of the Pennance Holiday Barns this would solve their sales impasse.”
The application went before Falmouth’s planning committee last week when Mr Clegg attended and outlined his views of the proposal. Councillors, though, felt unable to make a recommendation because of a lack of information.
Councillor Steve Eva said: “The issue is that we have been given a planning application and it has not been dealt with by the planning officer and come to us first and I think that is wrong. How are we supposed to make a decision when the planning officer has not done anything himself? We should wait until we have all the information.”
The committee agreed to defer making a recommendation until further information has been received. The application will be determined by Cornwall Council.
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