Bid to reduce number of Penryn affordable homes sharply criticised
7:00am Thursday 13th September 2012 in News
AN APPLICATION to reduce the number of homes built in a new development in Penryn has been sharply criticised by the town council.
The plans, for the development at Kernick House in Kernick Park, would see the number of homes built at the site reduced by 13, including the loss of three affordable homes.
A reponse from Penryn Town Council has already been submitted, prior to next week's planning meeting, as the deadline for comments would have passed by then.
A statement prepared by the authority reads: “The Falmouth and Penryn Town Framework, part of Cornwall Council ’s draft core strategy, identifies a need for almost 1,200 additional affordable homes to be provided over the next ten years to accommodate those already in housing need. It also sets a growth target of 3,500 new homes overall in Falmouth and Penryn.
“The land adjacent to Kernick House has been identified as a site appropriate for housing, both in the town framework and the Penryn town plan and it was for this reason that the original application received support from the town council.
“Any reduction in the number of dwellings on this site, and in particular the affordable element, will result in additional pressure on the remaining sites available to fulfil the growth targets.”