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Concerns over more new homes planned for Camborne
Updated 12:27pm Thursday 19th June 2014 in News
Objectors have raised concerns about an application to build 104 homes and a "much needed" dementia care home for Camborne on the borders of Tregenna Lane and Camborne rugby ground .
On Wednesday last week Trelawney Allliance and the Tregenna Action Group met with the PR company, Local Dialogue, acting for Merlion Capital Deveopment, regarding their proposals to build on land around Tregenna Fields.
The groups say that this new application is being submitted less than 12 months after a similar proposal was turned down by Cornwall Council planners.
Adding that there is no proven need for a development of this size at Tregenna Fields the Trelawney Allliance say that Camborne is becoming "one huge building site".
Posting on their Facebook page, the Trelawney Allliance said: "The town is gridlocked much of the time, we don't have the infrastructure, yet developers, with the planners blessing, are continuing to build. The houses proposed for Tregenna Fields are completely out of character with the surrounding area.
"These proposals represent an intrusion into the open countryside,an example of urban sprawl of the worst kind. However the developers told us the proposed homes were necessary and would help to fulfil Cornwall's need for over 47,000 homes as recommended in the Local Plan.
"They also told us that research has shown that there is a great need for a dementia home in the area."
Merlion Capital says 40% of the proposed homes would be affordable with a "much-needed" 60-bed dementia care home and new public open spaces.
It says the Local Plan has identified that the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth area needs an extra 4,500 homes in the next 15 years and that these proposals will help meet this local need and will deliver a number of other benefits to the local community.
The homes will be a mix of sizes – from a small number of one and two-bedroom flats, to a much larger number of family homes and the dementia care home will help meet the growing need for high quality care spaces in Camborne. It will also provide around 60 new jobs in the local community.
The outline proposals are still at the early stage. Ahead of submission, Merlion Capital will be holding a public consultation where local residents, businesses and community representatives can have their say on the plans.
Letters have been sent out to the community about the emerging proposals. A public consultation drop-in event will also be held, where local stakeholders can view the proposals, talk to the architects and planners and give feedback on the plans. The consultation session will take place on Tuesday 24 June from 2pm-8pm at Camborne Rugby Club, Crane Park, Cranberry Rd, TR14 7PJ.
The proposals will also include new public open spaces and a children’s play area. The new homes and dementia care home are planned to feature local architecture including slate, stone and render.
Road access to the site will be via a new junction created at the Tregenna Lane/Rectory Road roundabout. The existing footpath and hedgerows that run along the site will be maintained and planting around the site enhanced.
Peter North from Merlion Capital said, “Our proposals will provide local families with high quality affordable housing and those with dementia the care they deserve in the local community. Our plans are still being developed, so this is your chance to have your say about our developing proposals.”
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