Fears 'best views' of Mullion coastline would be lost by possible homes development (From Falmouth Packet)
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Fears 'best views' of Mullion coastline would be lost by possible homes development
11:00am Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
Fears have been raised that “one of the best views” of Mullion’s coastline could be eroded forever if up to 25 homes are built on a piece of undeveloped land.
The Diocese of Plymouth has sought pre-application advice for an area bordered by Nansmellyon Road and Polurrian Road, just down from the Polurrian Hotel. It is over a proposed development of 20 to 25 homes – although advice from Cornwall Council has suggested that figure could be raised.
Acting on the diocese’s behalf, Heyes Planning has written to the council’s planning department: “Planning policy both adopted and emerging at a national and local level would suggest that this site may be appropriate for development.
“This view is expressed given its characteristics and its relationship with the village, which is of a significant size and which has a number of services and facilities that could sustain development of the scale proposed (up to 20/25 units).
“We wish to stress that we are not necessarily looking at submitting a planning application in the immediate future although that does remain an option.”
The land is understood to have been gifted to the Diocese of Plymouth by Major Sheila Howe many years ago.
Residents in that area are now trying to confirm whether a ruling was placed on the land at that time which stated it should only be used for the rebuilding of the village’s Catholic church.
They are also attempting to make other villagers aware of the early proposals, after the county’s principal development officer Peter Bainbridge concluded that the site would be considered acceptable in principle for housing.
Neighbour of the site Clive Moakes said: “We were shocked and surprised. We never thought the pre application would go through for building in this area. It’s the last place they should be thinking of building. We just don’t understand it.”
He described the view from that piece of land as “probably one of the best views in the area.”
While acknowledging that the loss of view was not a planning consideration, Mr Moakes added: “This is an area of outstanding beauty and it is a greenfield site which is just outside of the building boundary for the village.
“For many years they have not wanted to push building towards the coves. We will end up with building right towards the cove, which would be disastrous.
“Obviously everyone in this road and everyone I’ve spoken to from Mullion are very, very much against this development.”
He said once a formal planning application was submitted he and other neighbours would organise a public meeting, to find out the “general feeling in the village,” adding: “But everyone I’ve spoken to has said this is a ridiculous place for building.”
Planning officer Peter Bainbridge has written to Heynes Planning that the site was “well related” to the centre of the village and given the range of services in Mullion it would be a sustainable location. Based on the “significant” need for affordable housing in the parish the council would look for 40 per cent of the development to be affordable.
He also wrote: “While 20/25 dwellings are anticipated the site could accommodate more.”
While careful assessment was required, the need to provide “a range of housing to cater for local needs” suggested a “higher overall density would be more appropriate.”
Mr Bainbridge acknowledged that the proposal had “the potential to have a direct adverse impact on adjacent houses/residents” but believed with appropriate design there was “no reason to conclude that this would be a fundamental issue.”
He concluded that “there is significant work required before even an outline application could be made.”
Neither Heynes Planning nor the Diocese of Plymouth were available for comment as the Packet went to press.
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