'Doors opened' to building on AONB as Porthleven Shrubberies plan passed

Falmouth Packet: Members of the Friends of Porthleven group had bitterly opposed the plans, which would see affordable homes built in the port Members of the Friends of Porthleven group had bitterly opposed the plans, which would see affordable homes built in the port

A controversial housing development WILL be built in Porthleven after the scheme was passed by a casting vote yesterday, Tuesday.

With Cornwall Council planning committee members tied six in favour and six against, chairman Roger Harding was given the casting vote – and he gave the project his backing.

It means the Rowe family that owns the five-acre site off Shrubberies Hill can begin work on building the 60 homes, 24 of which will be sold on the open market and 36 classed as affordable.

The decision by Mr Harding, who represents Newlyn and Mousehole, will come as a bitter blow to the Friends of Porthleven group that formed in protest against the plans.

One of its members Ted Gundry, who spoke against the development at yesterday’s meeting in Penzance, told the Packet afterwards: “Everybody is disappointed. Cornwall Council has more or less opened the doors for everybody that wants to build on an area of outstanding natural beauty.”

He believed that because the application was so controversial Mr Harding should have refused it and the matter be discussed further.

Mr Gundry, together with Megan Woodhams, represented the Friends of Porthleven at the meeting, repeating their arguments of the past and reiterating that the group was not against affordable homes being built in the port – but not on this site.

Of the homes that will now be built, 24 will be sold on the open market and 36 classed as affordable homes: 18 to be “affordable rent”, nine sold through shared ownership and nine as a “discounted sale”.

These will be set at 50 per cent of the market value, which currently would make a two-bedroom house £81,500, a three-bedroom house £97,500 and a four-bedroom house £146,500.

Each home, apart from the flats in one apartment block, are planned to have two parking spaces.

At a public meeting in Porthleven earlier this month roughly two thirds of people who spoke objected to the scheme, while the remaining third were in support.

The Packet was unable to contact the Rowe family before the paper went to press.

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6:18am Wed 28 Aug 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

This is excellent news, affordable homes are much needed in Porthleven, windfarms and solar farms have been established on AONB and whilst they may have their place, the need for affordable homes has high priority.
Given the current surrounding dwellings within the Shrubberies Hill vicinity, this new development will fit in sympathetically.
This is excellent news, affordable homes are much needed in Porthleven, windfarms and solar farms have been established on AONB and whilst they may have their place, the need for affordable homes has high priority. Given the current surrounding dwellings within the Shrubberies Hill vicinity, this new development will fit in sympathetically. Gillian Zella Martin 09
  • Score: 8

9:16am Wed 28 Aug 13

telstar1962 says...

I don't live in Porthleven, or have any vested interest, but this is good news,if not somewhat controversial.

The Town lies within the designated Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so the residents who already have homes in the AONB do not want more homes built in the AONB ?

Progress needs to be made, and with the ever increasing needs of the growing population, these homes need to be built somewhere. If other sites were chosen in or near Porthleven,then there would have been protest about those sites too.

It will be good to see how the development looks, and in a few more years,if the population continues to rise, then demand for even more homes could arise.
I don't live in Porthleven, or have any vested interest, but this is good news,if not somewhat controversial. The Town lies within the designated Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so the residents who already have homes in the AONB do not want more homes built in the AONB ? Progress needs to be made, and with the ever increasing needs of the growing population, these homes need to be built somewhere. If other sites were chosen in or near Porthleven,then there would have been protest about those sites too. It will be good to see how the development looks, and in a few more years,if the population continues to rise, then demand for even more homes could arise. telstar1962
  • Score: 7

10:14am Wed 28 Aug 13

ronedgcumbe says...

This is great news. Surprised voting was sp close but delighted it is to go ahead.
This is great news. Surprised voting was sp close but delighted it is to go ahead. ronedgcumbe
  • Score: 6

11:48am Wed 28 Aug 13

Helston fly on the wall says...

This is good news not only for those that will benefit from the affordable to buy housing but also the affordable rented. If they don't build, what will be the point in hanging on to the small bit of AONB if eventually the younger generation die out in the village, there will only be the second home owners to enjoy the AONB.
This is good news not only for those that will benefit from the affordable to buy housing but also the affordable rented. If they don't build, what will be the point in hanging on to the small bit of AONB if eventually the younger generation die out in the village, there will only be the second home owners to enjoy the AONB. Helston fly on the wall
  • Score: 6

1:21pm Wed 28 Aug 13

meerkats says...

Great news ,common sense prevailed at last.
Great news ,common sense prevailed at last. meerkats
  • Score: -13

4:57pm Wed 28 Aug 13

DCI Jen says...

Brilliant news, close call with the votes by the planners.
Brilliant news, close call with the votes by the planners. DCI Jen
  • Score: -14

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