Affordable homes blow for Penryn
Penryn Town Council’s attempts to boost the number of affordable homes on offer at a new housing development have been knocked back by county planners.
Walker Developments put forward an application for 41 homes at College Farm, off College Hill, in June but councillors were concerned that only four of the properties were earmarked for affordable housing.
They asked why more homes couldn’t be built on the site of a proposed play area, which is only a few hundred yards away from an existing playing field and a BMX track.
Head of the town planning committee, councillor Mark Snowdon, put the proposal to Peter Bainbridge, Cornwall Council’s |case officer for the application, but was told that storm water “attenuation tanks” were going to be installed under the play area and houses could not be built on top of these tanks.
Mr Snowdon said: “Part of me is saying, ‘we can put a man on the moon, I’m sure they can find a way to get surface water down to a drain.’ “But the case officer is going to approve it and unfortunately we were unsuccessful in our bid, if you will, to get more affordable houses down there.”
Cornwall Council was due to announce its decision on the application last Wednesday but has not yet done so.
However Mr Snowdon said he “believed” the application had been recommended for approval.