Developer appeals against Bickland Water Road farmland homes refusal

Developer appeals against Bickland Water Road farmland homes refusal

Developer appeals against Bickland Water Road farmland homes refusal

First published in News

The developers behind plans to build up to 154 new homes on land known as Poolfield off Bickland Water Road in Falmouth, have appealed against Cornwall Council’s refusal of the scheme.

Midas Commercial Developments have lodged an appeal with the Government’s Planning Inspectorate and the case is scheduled to be dealt with by way of a hearing, with two dates at the end of October set aside.

It was last November that Midas first applied for outline permission for the proposed development which would see 92 homes and another 62 affordable units, along with open space and associated infrastructure, built on the 3.7 hectare site between Budock Church and the main road.

In a planning statement which accompanied the application, it was claimed: “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.”

It added: “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.”

While Cornwall Council’s planning officer recommended approval, the application was opposed by Budock Parish Council and Falmouth Town Council. Falmouth councillors felt building up to 154 new houses on land off “the M25 of Falmouth” would be a “step too far” and wanted to see other more appropriate sites developed first.

Councillor Steve Eva had said: “This is grade two land. I am not stupid and naive enough to believe there will not be houses there at some time in the future, but before we build on green fields there should not be other available space. If we start building there it will probably be a step too far.”

Budock councillors also recommending the application be refused because of the loss of public amenity and the loss of grade two agricultural land. They were also concerned about the increased traffic load on Bickland Water Road and the implications this would have for pedestrian safety, particularly in relation to children at nearby St Francis School.

When the application went before Cornwall Council’s central area planning committee in February, councillors were encouraged to approve the scheme by officers, but went against advice and rejected it by eight votes to five.

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1:10pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Pendennisracer says...

As Cllr Eva states, this land will probably be built on at one stage, likely to be later on but squeezing the maximum development in such short space.

Why not look forward and approve it now but with terms that the developer funds a roundabout for access to the site and Mongleath Road, also incorporating a subway or pedestrian bridge crossing BW Road - the space at the bottom right of the plans looks like it's been left there for this reason.
As Cllr Eva states, this land will probably be built on at one stage, likely to be later on but squeezing the maximum development in such short space. Why not look forward and approve it now but with terms that the developer funds a roundabout for access to the site and Mongleath Road, also incorporating a subway or pedestrian bridge crossing BW Road - the space at the bottom right of the plans looks like it's been left there for this reason. Pendennisracer
  • Score: -4

7:08pm Fri 8 Aug 14

alframseyssexdungeon says...

"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".

Calling mud chocolate doesn't make it taste any better, sunshine. And certainly not by using such vapid "corporate-speak" terminology. What's more, everyone knows that the only "overall socio-economic benefit" will be in the trouser pockets of developer and landowner.

But, hey, let's just keep building into the infinite space of the country.
"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". Calling mud chocolate doesn't make it taste any better, sunshine. And certainly not by using such vapid "corporate-speak" terminology. What's more, everyone knows that the only "overall socio-economic benefit" will be in the trouser pockets of developer and landowner. But, hey, let's just keep building into the infinite space of the country. alframseyssexdungeon
  • Score: 6

10:30am Sat 9 Aug 14

seacom says...

Pendennis to approve this now would open up development all along Bickland Water road, Cllr Eva has at town level voted against development so now the County councillors of Falmouth must stand together and ensure that localism for the people is not ignored.The planning officer should be made fully aware of the location and opposition to expansion my advice contact your County councillor and make your views known this is not a done deal.
Pendennis to approve this now would open up development all along Bickland Water road, Cllr Eva has at town level voted against development so now the County councillors of Falmouth must stand together and ensure that localism for the people is not ignored.The planning officer should be made fully aware of the location and opposition to expansion my advice contact your County councillor and make your views known this is not a done deal. seacom
  • Score: 3

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