Bid to build 154 homes on Bickland Water Road

Falmouth Packet: Bid to build 154 homes on Bickland Water Road Bid to build 154 homes on Bickland Water Road

Plans to build up to 154 new homes on land off Bickland Water Road in Falmouth have been submitted to Cornwall Council

The outline application has been lodged by Midas Commercial Developments and relates to the area commonly known as Poolfield which sits between Budock Church and the main road.

It seeks to determine only the access to the development with all other matters, including layout, scale, appearance and landscaping, being reserved. The proposed development would create 92 open market homes and another 62 affordable units, along with open space and associated |infrastructure.

Budock Parish Council is planning to hold a public meeting towards the end of this month to allow residents to have their say on the scheme. Council chairman, John Bastin, said: “This site is a very large area of grade two (agricultural) land to destroy with housing. Cornwall only has ten per cent grade two land and it should be preserved for future food production.

“This area has a high flood risk - it's not called Poolfield for no reason. Who knows what will happen if it's covered in concrete and tarmac.”

In a planning statement which accompanies the application, Business Location Services say: “Due to the ridgeline which runs along the western edge of Falmouth, the residential estates and industrial buildings are not visible from the adjacent village at Budock Water.

“This gives the area a distinctly rural character with open countryside extending to the west and south towards Maenporth and Mawnan Smith.

“The vision for the development is to create a sustainable community with a defined sense of place that responds positively to the distinct character of the area.”

A list of benefits it is claimed the development will bring is also listed. It is said it would contribute to the demonstrable need for open market and affordable housing in the Falmouth and Penryn Community Network Area.

Falmouth Town Council would also have a 1.7 ha site transferred to it at nil cost for use as the town’s new |cemetery.

The planning statement adds: “The proposed development of 154 market and affordable dwellings and open space together with off-site financial contributions to highway |infrastructure and the cemetery |proposal will have a positive |socio-economic impact.

“While there is a negative economic impact associated with the loss of the 3.7 ha of agricultural land this is more than off-set by the overall |socio-economic benefit from the proposed housing development.

“It is considered that the positive benefits of the proposal in terms of the demonstrable need for market and affordable housing outweigh any adverse impact.

“Positive socio-economic benefits in terms of the provision of new housing and investment in Falmouth are |considered to be significant in the local context.”

To view the plans in full go to www.cornwall.gov.uk and search for planning application PA13/09608.

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9:56am Fri 15 Nov 13

Cyber Pasty says...

Brilliant another 62 affordable homes which are badly needed. This is good news and progress for local people who have been priced out.
Brilliant another 62 affordable homes which are badly needed. This is good news and progress for local people who have been priced out. Cyber Pasty
  • Score: 6

12:43pm Fri 15 Nov 13

Pologirl1 says...

They are not affordable in any sense of the word, certainly not on the wages paid in Cornwall, ie the minimum wage. I would rather they left what countryside that still exists unconcreted.
They are not affordable in any sense of the word, certainly not on the wages paid in Cornwall, ie the minimum wage. I would rather they left what countryside that still exists unconcreted. Pologirl1
  • Score: -4

1:38pm Fri 15 Nov 13

Ken Helston says...

Who was it that used to get on this website spouting all that rubbish about how the elections would sort everything out and get a new C Cllr in and they would stop the building, ha, you haven't done any better than us in Helston, at least we haven't got Tory C Cllrs, its the Tories that want all this building. We don't want anymore building anywhere.
Who was it that used to get on this website spouting all that rubbish about how the elections would sort everything out and get a new C Cllr in and they would stop the building, ha, you haven't done any better than us in Helston, at least we haven't got Tory C Cllrs, its the Tories that want all this building. We don't want anymore building anywhere. Ken Helston
  • Score: -2

3:03pm Fri 15 Nov 13

victoriameldrew says...

so what about the added traffic on an already busy road? These concerns were expressed long before the plans were submitted and seem to have been ignored. Why have we bothered with elections when the people we elect don't listen?
so what about the added traffic on an already busy road? These concerns were expressed long before the plans were submitted and seem to have been ignored. Why have we bothered with elections when the people we elect don't listen? victoriameldrew
  • Score: -9

7:47am Sat 16 Nov 13

Cyber Pasty says...

So what are local first time buyers meant to do!? All these objections from home owners I should imagine.
So what are local first time buyers meant to do!? All these objections from home owners I should imagine. Cyber Pasty
  • Score: 10

11:51am Sat 16 Nov 13

Ken Helston says...

Cyber Pasty wrote:
So what are local first time buyers meant to do!? All these objections from home owners I should imagine.
I am surprised Gill hasn't commented on this one, she is always in favour for affordable housing everywhere. I bet she wouldn't want it where she lives though. We don't want anymore housing built anywhere in Cornwall.
[quote][p][bold]Cyber Pasty[/bold] wrote: So what are local first time buyers meant to do!? All these objections from home owners I should imagine.[/p][/quote]I am surprised Gill hasn't commented on this one, she is always in favour for affordable housing everywhere. I bet she wouldn't want it where she lives though. We don't want anymore housing built anywhere in Cornwall. Ken Helston
  • Score: -4

2:42pm Sat 16 Nov 13

victoriameldrew says...

I'm not actually against new houses being built - it's just that this location is wrong - there are 2 schools in the vicinity and the mothers park on this busy road, actually making it very dangerous for themselves, or more importantly, their children who they let out of the car on the roadside not the pavement, not to mention other road users who have to squeeze past them every morning. The road is far too busy as it is and cannot and should not be subject to yet more traffic with new houses being built there. Cyber Pasty has the trademark of another person who used to write on here - has he reared his ugly head again? mmmm
I'm not actually against new houses being built - it's just that this location is wrong - there are 2 schools in the vicinity and the mothers park on this busy road, actually making it very dangerous for themselves, or more importantly, their children who they let out of the car on the roadside not the pavement, not to mention other road users who have to squeeze past them every morning. The road is far too busy as it is and cannot and should not be subject to yet more traffic with new houses being built there. Cyber Pasty has the trademark of another person who used to write on here - has he reared his ugly head again? mmmm victoriameldrew
  • Score: -10

3:57pm Sat 16 Nov 13

Cyber Pasty says...

I don't live for sniping comments on this website Victor like you must do ( you have my pity) I get sick and tired of objections to everything helping local people find a permanent home.
I don't live for sniping comments on this website Victor like you must do ( you have my pity) I get sick and tired of objections to everything helping local people find a permanent home. Cyber Pasty
  • Score: -11

6:09pm Sat 16 Nov 13

Pologirl1 says...

I'm not a home owner, it is impossible when you have been on the minimum wage all your working life.
I'm not a home owner, it is impossible when you have been on the minimum wage all your working life. Pologirl1
  • Score: -16

7:19pm Sat 16 Nov 13

PAL Falmouth says...

I sincerely hope thatt this does not go a head for numerous reasons - the most prominent one being the loss of Grade2 agricultural land to a gonglomerate of concrete squares that will open the flood gates to the whole right hand side of Bickland road being open to developemnt (lol) - not only will it be ugly to see but it will,not provide any social benefit what so ever- it will overstretch 2 already full primaries, overburden an already manic road -i do this twice a day and its horrendous and dangerous- and it takes away an amenity for people to enjoy walking their dogs, just walking , cycling etc etc to allow some greedy company another foothold in already overcrowded part of Falmouth - build by all means if 'affordable' home are needex( and i have never come across any on these builds that are truely affordable) but not here - Nimby yes all the way on this occassion!!,
I sincerely hope thatt this does not go a head for numerous reasons - the most prominent one being the loss of Grade2 agricultural land to a gonglomerate of concrete squares that will open the flood gates to the whole right hand side of Bickland road being open to developemnt (lol) - not only will it be ugly to see but it will,not provide any social benefit what so ever- it will overstretch 2 already full primaries, overburden an already manic road -i do this twice a day and its horrendous and dangerous- and it takes away an amenity for people to enjoy walking their dogs, just walking , cycling etc etc to allow some greedy company another foothold in already overcrowded part of Falmouth - build by all means if 'affordable' home are needex( and i have never come across any on these builds that are truely affordable) but not here - Nimby yes all the way on this occassion!!, PAL Falmouth
  • Score: -6

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