Business centre and homes for the elderly plan for abandoned Helston site

Falmouth Packet: Business centre and homes for the elderly plan for abandoned Helston site Business centre and homes for the elderly plan for abandoned Helston site

Agreements are in place that could see the abandoned Helston Business Park turned into a business centre and affordable homes for older people.

The 15-acre site has been on the market since July and this week the Homes and Communities Agency, which took control in 2011, confirmed that there was “firm interest.”

A private sector developer is said to be keen to develop the site for business use, while housing association Coastline has also confirmed to the Packet that it is exploring the option of setting up an “older persons’ affordable housing scheme” on a small part of the site, to meet local needs.

Although a spokesman said he was unable to comment further at this time, the Packet understands the number of homes could be less than 20.

The latest update has been revealed in a letter to Helston Town Council from HCA executive director for the south and south west, Colin Molton.

He wrote: “The HCA has now approved an arrangement which would allow for both of these interests to be accommodated. Legal contracts are at an advance staged.”

Mr Molton added that this was a “substantial development site” for the area that would “inevitably take several years to develop out.”

Speaking to the Packet this week a Homes and Communities Agency spokesman said: “We want to see Helston Business Park brought into use in a way that will benefit the area and the local economy.

“Following our marketing of the site in the summer we have selected a private sector partner and are in discussions with them over taking responsibility of the site. We expect to reach an agreement early next year.

“Once this agreement is concluded more details about what is proposed will be developed and shared with local people as part of a planning application, which will be needed for the site.

“Stakeholders will be kept informed on progress as part of this important work.” The spokesman added that potentially this could be “really positive for the area,” with the site lying empty for many years.

Twelve years ago the business park – thought to have cost £2.7 million to create – was hailed as the saviour of Helston’s economy.

At the time it was claimed the park would support hundreds of jobs, but to date not a single business has moved onto the site, leading to it being dubbed the town’s “most expensive dog walking area.”

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10:57am Thu 19 Dec 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Excellent news, I have said for a long time it should be used for affordable housing of some description, I do believe though it should include a percentage of affordable rented accommodation.
Excellent news, I have said for a long time it should be used for affordable housing of some description, I do believe though it should include a percentage of affordable rented accommodation. Gillian Zella Martin 09

11:45am Fri 20 Dec 13

Helston Observer says...

I disagree that it should be used for any form of housing. Now that it's in private hands and away from the political correctness of government quangos, it should be able to be sold off to businesses relatively quickly. There's lots of places for housing, particularly with the new local plan coming up soon, but very few places for businesses - this was always intended for businesses, so it should be kept that way, to give Helston more employment opportunities as businesses open there.
I disagree that it should be used for any form of housing. Now that it's in private hands and away from the political correctness of government quangos, it should be able to be sold off to businesses relatively quickly. There's lots of places for housing, particularly with the new local plan coming up soon, but very few places for businesses - this was always intended for businesses, so it should be kept that way, to give Helston more employment opportunities as businesses open there. Helston Observer

12:05pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Helston Observer wrote:
I disagree that it should be used for any form of housing. Now that it's in private hands and away from the political correctness of government quangos, it should be able to be sold off to businesses relatively quickly. There's lots of places for housing, particularly with the new local plan coming up soon, but very few places for businesses - this was always intended for businesses, so it should be kept that way, to give Helston more employment opportunities as businesses open there.
I understand what you are saying but the proposal is for a business centre which hopefully would create employment, alongside housing. The original land use was to be for a business park, however, there were no takers for that use, if it were to be a retail park with retail shops that would be a different matter, no doubt there would have been applicants expressing interest.
[quote][p][bold]Helston Observer[/bold] wrote: I disagree that it should be used for any form of housing. Now that it's in private hands and away from the political correctness of government quangos, it should be able to be sold off to businesses relatively quickly. There's lots of places for housing, particularly with the new local plan coming up soon, but very few places for businesses - this was always intended for businesses, so it should be kept that way, to give Helston more employment opportunities as businesses open there.[/p][/quote]I understand what you are saying but the proposal is for a business centre which hopefully would create employment, alongside housing. The original land use was to be for a business park, however, there were no takers for that use, if it were to be a retail park with retail shops that would be a different matter, no doubt there would have been applicants expressing interest. Gillian Zella Martin 09

12:26pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Helston Observer, you say there are lots of places for houses, particularly with the town plan coming up, I thought there were only three identified sites for future housing developments in Helston? and more housing will be required to that of which has been proposed alongside the business centre.

I would be more convinced of your argument if you could name some businesses that you believe would express an interest in coming to Helston.
Helston Observer, you say there are lots of places for houses, particularly with the town plan coming up, I thought there were only three identified sites for future housing developments in Helston? and more housing will be required to that of which has been proposed alongside the business centre. I would be more convinced of your argument if you could name some businesses that you believe would express an interest in coming to Helston. Gillian Zella Martin 09

1:33pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Rainbow over Helston says...

Oh come on Gill, now you know that some businesses might have gone into the business park if things had not been made so difficult for them I think which probably might not happen now, and what do you want Helston Observer to do, look in a crystal ball and say what businesses would buy into the park?lol Do agree though Helston needs more affordable homes and these seem a more imminent proposal than any town plan that took two years even to just publish.
Oh come on Gill, now you know that some businesses might have gone into the business park if things had not been made so difficult for them I think which probably might not happen now, and what do you want Helston Observer to do, look in a crystal ball and say what businesses would buy into the park?lol Do agree though Helston needs more affordable homes and these seem a more imminent proposal than any town plan that took two years even to just publish. Rainbow over Helston

2:05pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Rainbow over Helston wrote:
Oh come on Gill, now you know that some businesses might have gone into the business park if things had not been made so difficult for them I think which probably might not happen now, and what do you want Helston Observer to do, look in a crystal ball and say what businesses would buy into the park?lol Do agree though Helston needs more affordable homes and these seem a more imminent proposal than any town plan that took two years even to just publish.
Yes I acknowledge the situation is different now from previously, with regards to ownership and attracting businesses to the park, however, I still believe there is room for co existence of business and affordable homes because I am sceptical about the amount of businesses it will attract.

Yes you are right, it was rather absurd of me to suggest Helston Observer should name some possibilities for future proposed businesses.
[quote][p][bold]Rainbow over Helston[/bold] wrote: Oh come on Gill, now you know that some businesses might have gone into the business park if things had not been made so difficult for them I think which probably might not happen now, and what do you want Helston Observer to do, look in a crystal ball and say what businesses would buy into the park?lol Do agree though Helston needs more affordable homes and these seem a more imminent proposal than any town plan that took two years even to just publish.[/p][/quote]Yes I acknowledge the situation is different now from previously, with regards to ownership and attracting businesses to the park, however, I still believe there is room for co existence of business and affordable homes because I am sceptical about the amount of businesses it will attract. Yes you are right, it was rather absurd of me to suggest Helston Observer should name some possibilities for future proposed businesses. Gillian Zella Martin 09

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