Government responds to concerns over homes plan for Helston Business Park

Government responds to concerns over homes plan for Helston Business Park

Government responds to concerns over homes plan for Helston Business Park

First published in News

Helston town council has received a response from the government over concerns that a plan for the Helston Business Park site includes homes for the elderly.

In a letter to Helston’s town clerk, the Homes and Communities Agency acknowledge the concerns, |however point out that the plot “identified for Coastline” accounts for less than ten percent of the total site area. Adding that this “need not detract from the overall purpose of the wider development”, which is to “attract new business”.

The agency says that the housing had been |“deliberately sited on a plot in the south west corner of the site, which it enables it to be accessed and operated independently of the infrastructure installed to create the business park”.

It says a design could be created that would not allow this to impact on the prospects of the site as a business development and that there is a “pressing need for affordable housing for older people in Cornwall”.

Adding that any application will be subject to local consultation and planning approval and that the|housing has potential to create care and support jobs.

Colin Molton, the agency’s executive director for the South West said: “Helston Business Park has been undeveloped for too long. I hope this agreement signals a new beginning for its fortunes and that the site soon starts to generate some genuine local benefits that you have wanted to see for many years.”

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7:22am Fri 21 Mar 14

Gillian R.Z. Martin says...

Would it not have been better to keep the business park purely for businesses, and incorporate the affordable housing for the elderly into the proposed building plan for dwellings elsewhere in the town, on whichever of the new identified site locations they decide upon.
Would it not have been better to keep the business park purely for businesses, and incorporate the affordable housing for the elderly into the proposed building plan for dwellings elsewhere in the town, on whichever of the new identified site locations they decide upon. Gillian R.Z. Martin
  • Score: 5

1:15pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Three Word Wonder says...

Dont agree.

More housing needed
Dont agree. More housing needed Three Word Wonder
  • Score: -5

2:53pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Gillian R.Z. Martin says...

Three Word Wonder wrote:
Dont agree.

More housing needed
I agree more affordable housing to buy and rent is needed, providing it is in the right place. Bearing in mind this particular planned housing will be age restricted properties, it does not address the lack of housing for young people that has been identified as needed.
[quote][p][bold]Three Word Wonder[/bold] wrote: Dont agree. More housing needed[/p][/quote]I agree more affordable housing to buy and rent is needed, providing it is in the right place. Bearing in mind this particular planned housing will be age restricted properties, it does not address the lack of housing for young people that has been identified as needed. Gillian R.Z. Martin
  • Score: 3

4:13pm Fri 21 Mar 14

meerkats says...

Lets hope that some businesses will be attracted to the Park and it doesnt eventually be used solely for housing.
Lets hope that some businesses will be attracted to the Park and it doesnt eventually be used solely for housing. meerkats
  • Score: 4

5:48am Wed 26 Mar 14

Helston fly on the wall says...

Three Word Wonder wrote:
Dont agree.

More housing needed
No full stop at the end of your post, just like telstars post on the other article.
Are you a town Helston? St Keverne? Cllr?

It is a business park and was always intended for that, profit is what house building is about, and where are all these elderly people that have the money to buy an affordable home living at the moment? You can't get a mortgage without a huge amount of capital if you are elderly, and if you have a lot of money then you should buy off the open market.
[quote][p][bold]Three Word Wonder[/bold] wrote: Dont agree. More housing needed[/p][/quote]No full stop at the end of your post, just like telstars post on the other article. Are you a town Helston? St Keverne? Cllr? It is a business park and was always intended for that, profit is what house building is about, and where are all these elderly people that have the money to buy an affordable home living at the moment? You can't get a mortgage without a huge amount of capital if you are elderly, and if you have a lot of money then you should buy off the open market. Helston fly on the wall
  • Score: 3

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