Council delays jeopardising Budock hospital site sports and homes plan, says MP (From Falmouth Packet)
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Council delays jeopardising Budock hospital site sports and homes plan, says MP
5:00pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
Falmouth's MP is concerned thaht the plan to create a 'community sports facility' and homes on the old Budock hospital site is being jepordised by Cornwall Council delays.
Sarah Newton has written to the authority to express her concern over the decision to remove discussion of the development project proposed by Falmouth Academy from the agenda for Cornwall Council’s September cabinet meeting.
In the letter she says that the project, which hinges on the sale of the former Budock Hospital site negotiated over recent months with Falmouth Academy, Cornwall Council and NHS Property services, could be at risk because of the "self imposed delay".
Mrs Newton added that the plan would deliver an "all weather community sports facility for Falmouth at the Budock Hospital site and a potential site for affordable housing at Union Corner, with eighty nine housing units proposed, with a forty percent of which would be 'affordable'.
She added: The project forms an integral part of the Union Corner roundabout scheme, to which the Department of Transport has committed £1.559 million. In Cornwall Council’s application to the Department for funding, the successful completion of the Falmouth Academy project was stated to be ‘required in order to implement the scheme’ . The scheme itself was described as vital, needed to ‘improve capacity and facilitate local housing and employment development’.
"In July the sale of the Budock site was agreed in principle by Falmouth Academy, NHS Property Services and Cornwall Council. It was understood that this agreement would be confirmed by Cornwall Council at this month’s Cabinet meeting. The decision to remove the item from the agenda will delay progress by at least three months, jeopardising the successful completion of the sale, the delivery of the project, and the Union roundabout scheme.
"As Cornwall Council has been a helpful partner in negotiations over the Budock site from the start and, thanks to the Government’s New Homes Bonus, would directly benefit from the new homes, including much needed affordable homes for local people at Union Corner, I am surprised at this self-imposed delay.
Mrs Newton said that she understands that the "need for further consultation has been cited as factor in this decision to delay discussion", however adding that Falmouth Academy has consulted closely with all interested parties over recent months, and held a well attended public meeting to discuss the proposals on the May 16.
And that all of Falmouth Academy’s work on the proposals for the site have been carried out in conjunction with officers at Cornwall Council andn that Falmouth Town Council supports the project.
She said: "I very much hope that this decision can be urgently reviewed to allow the Budock Hospital sale to be completed, to the benefit of Falmouth Academy, Falmouth town, and affordable housing provision within Cornwall."
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