Council's 'strong' no to homes plan for empty Helston business park

Falmouth Packet: Council's 'strong' no to homes plan for empty Helston business park Council's 'strong' no to homes plan for empty Helston business park

Councillors are to write with “strong opposition” against part of Helston Business Park being developed with homes.

As first reported by the Packet last week, the Homes and Communities Agency has agreed an arrangement that would accommodate two parties interested in the land. Their proposals are for the majority of the site to be developed for business use, with part to be turned into an “older persons” affordable housing scheme.”

However, Helston’s town councillors believe the site should be kept solely for business. Mayor Jonathan Radford-Gaby said: “Now the ridiculous environmental and sustainable requirements have been lifted I do not foresee any issues with the land being quickly developed.

”He proposed that council write a letter of strong opposition against the housing scheme, “no matter how small,” so that the “expanding population of Helston has an opportunity to open and grow businesses on the very small land available.”

Councillor Gillian Geer said: “I do know people that tried to get businesses started there that were turned away because they couldn’t afford the granite to face the front of it. I hope we’re now contacting all the people that said ‘I fancy something there’ and say that’s not the case now.”

Comments (6)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

8:06pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Rainbow over Helston says...

If a firm couldnt afford a bit of granite to face the building with i wouldnt think much of their chances surviving as a business on there, i dont believe that would be a sole reason a business didnt go there before. I dont think the town council are talking a whole lot of sense, contacting people to see if they want to come now things have changed sounds really funny to me. I think Gillian Geer should contact these businesses then. I think the mayor is wrong too, what business will come to Helston now there is a recession. I think businesses do actually need a few customers.
If a firm couldnt afford a bit of granite to face the building with i wouldnt think much of their chances surviving as a business on there, i dont believe that would be a sole reason a business didnt go there before. I dont think the town council are talking a whole lot of sense, contacting people to see if they want to come now things have changed sounds really funny to me. I think Gillian Geer should contact these businesses then. I think the mayor is wrong too, what business will come to Helston now there is a recession. I think businesses do actually need a few customers. Rainbow over Helston

10:06pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Taking into consideration all the current relevant information, I now believe there is every chance that businesses will show an interest in Helston Business Park, how many of course, remains to be seen. I fully support affordable housing, additionally, affordable to rent housing, that of which I would like to see more of in Helston.
I personally now would like to see the Business Park re offered and promoted to businesses but only with a designated timescale attached, at the end of which, if little or no businesses choose to invest there, any unused land could be then be released for affordable housing. Whilst there could be a theory if one or more businesses start up, it may later encourage others, it could alternatively be the case that a percentage of the land remain unused. The Business Park has been sitting empty for so long, I feel it would be a great shame for this to continue to be ongoing long term situation for any part of the land.

Rainbow, I disagree with you, specifying materials to be used in the construction of a commercial building can in my view deter potential businesses. I do however think the structures should be aesthetically pleasing as financially viable, (the May Tree for example I think looks lovely).

I additionally disagree with you that Jonathan Radford-Gaby is wrong in what he says, I believe he is perfectly right in what he says, I just do not happen to like the idea.
Taking into consideration all the current relevant information, I now believe there is every chance that businesses will show an interest in Helston Business Park, how many of course, remains to be seen. I fully support affordable housing, additionally, affordable to rent housing, that of which I would like to see more of in Helston. I personally now would like to see the Business Park re offered and promoted to businesses but only with a designated timescale attached, at the end of which, if little or no businesses choose to invest there, any unused land could be then be released for affordable housing. Whilst there could be a theory if one or more businesses start up, it may later encourage others, it could alternatively be the case that a percentage of the land remain unused. The Business Park has been sitting empty for so long, I feel it would be a great shame for this to continue to be ongoing long term situation for any part of the land. Rainbow, I disagree with you, specifying materials to be used in the construction of a commercial building can in my view deter potential businesses. I do however think the structures should be aesthetically pleasing as financially viable, (the May Tree for example I think looks lovely). I additionally disagree with you that Jonathan Radford-Gaby is wrong in what he says, I believe he is perfectly right in what he says, I just do not happen to like the idea. Gillian Zella Martin 09

1:47pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Rainbow over Helston says...

Do you mean you you don't like the idea of the mayor being right about something then Gill? Would you like him to be wrong in what he says? I think he is wrong anyway, i dont think any businesses will come to Helston.
Do you mean you you don't like the idea of the mayor being right about something then Gill? Would you like him to be wrong in what he says? I think he is wrong anyway, i dont think any businesses will come to Helston. Rainbow over Helston

3:21pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Rainbow over Helston wrote:
Do you mean you you don't like the idea of the mayor being right about something then Gill? Would you like him to be wrong in what he says? I think he is wrong anyway, i dont think any businesses will come to Helston.
No that is not what I meant at all.

To clarify: I believe that Jonathan Radford-Gaby is perfectly right in saying "That the expanding population of Helston should have an opportunity to open and grow businesses on the very small land available" I additionally believe he is right in saying that now restrictions have been lifted the land will more likely attract businesses, (how many remains to be seen, I am a little sceptical) I however just do not happen to like the idea of keeping the land indefinitely for potential businesses, as I previously said, I think it would be better to impose a timescale in which it can be established fully as a Business Park only, at the end of a designated time limit, I would like then to see any unused land utilised for affordable housing.

In answer to your second question, no I would not like him to be wrong, it would be good if he is right and the land is completely filled with businesses successfully, I just have doubts as to if that would happen given the opportunity, if it were to happen then I would I would quite happily admit I was wrong.
[quote][p][bold]Rainbow over Helston[/bold] wrote: Do you mean you you don't like the idea of the mayor being right about something then Gill? Would you like him to be wrong in what he says? I think he is wrong anyway, i dont think any businesses will come to Helston.[/p][/quote]No that is not what I meant at all. To clarify: I believe that Jonathan Radford-Gaby is perfectly right in saying "That the expanding population of Helston should have an opportunity to open and grow businesses on the very small land available" I additionally believe he is right in saying that now restrictions have been lifted the land will more likely attract businesses, (how many remains to be seen, I am a little sceptical) I however just do not happen to like the idea of keeping the land indefinitely for potential businesses, as I previously said, I think it would be better to impose a timescale in which it can be established fully as a Business Park only, at the end of a designated time limit, I would like then to see any unused land utilised for affordable housing. In answer to your second question, no I would not like him to be wrong, it would be good if he is right and the land is completely filled with businesses successfully, I just have doubts as to if that would happen given the opportunity, if it were to happen then I would I would quite happily admit I was wrong. Gillian Zella Martin 09

12:51pm Sat 4 Jan 14

KernBear says...

a McDonalds would be perfect at the business park.
a McDonalds would be perfect at the business park. KernBear

1:39pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

KernBear wrote:
a McDonalds would be perfect at the business park.
Yes, McDonalds are open during hours that some other food outlets are not, and its style of food/menu is completely different from that of other local places, therefore would provide no competition to alternative local trade. I would certainly patronise it. Parking would not be a problem either.
[quote][p][bold]KernBear[/bold] wrote: a McDonalds would be perfect at the business park.[/p][/quote]Yes, McDonalds are open during hours that some other food outlets are not, and its style of food/menu is completely different from that of other local places, therefore would provide no competition to alternative local trade. I would certainly patronise it. Parking would not be a problem either. Gillian Zella Martin 09

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree