Developers 'destroying our county' claim at housing public meeting

An artist's impression of what the proposed 90-home development at Mabe will look like.

An aerial view of the area of land between Treliever Road and A39 as it looks now.

First published in Falmouth/Penryn Falmouth Packet: Photograph of the Author by , Ex-Reporter/Photographer

Developers are “destroying our county” and soon “we will have nothing left,” a Mabe public meeting was warned last week.

The meeting, called last Tuesday to discuss a planning application for 90 new homes on land between Treliever Road and the A39, saw Mabe WI Hall packed to the rafters with concerned residents keen to raise their concerns.

Justin Dodge, from CSA Architects, presented the application and said it had been downsized from the original proposal of 98 "units" with “more family-type housing rather than apartments.”

The scheme still includes a three-storey block of 12 flats that will be “affordable for rent,” he said, alongside 78 two, three and four bedroom houses.

Social housing will account for 36 of the “units” with 27 for rent and nine for shared ownership.

“We believe we have produced a very high quality design of scheme that’s also delivering substantial affordable housing for the village in accordance with Cornwall Council figures,” Mr Dodge said.

Concerns were raised by residents over the potential for flooding on the site, the inability of the existing road network to cope with extra traffic and the lack of truly affordable housing being proposed.

As the village currently has approximately 580 houses, the development would increase its size by almost a sixth, it was noted.

David Matthews, from house builder Taylor Wimpey, said reports from the Environment Agency over flooding, the highways department over the roads and Cornwall Council’s own guidelines on affordable housing had all come back supporting the proposal. And nothing could be done about worries that the open market homes would be sold to students’ parents or incomers, he added.

“Inevitably there will be people that come from outside the county,” he said.

“But the new people that come in will spend money in the village, they will spend money in the local pub, they will spend money in the local shop, they will spend money on services.

“The development will generate a fairly major boost to the local economy.”

Landowner, farmer and Mabe resident Paul Dunstan was not convinced, however.

“It’s of great concern to me and I think everyone here that you are trying to build over all of Cornwall,” he said.

“You are not developing it, you are destroying it. You are destroying our county. You are destroying our balance.”

He then turned to the audience and said to a round of applause: “Don’t let them build down there, because believe you me, you won’t have anything left.”

Mr Matthews said if planning consent was granted in January, work could start by April or May and would last two-and-half to three years.

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11:03am Fri 7 Dec 12

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

The trouble with a good majority of the new build projects is that they are not sufficiently addressing the local needs housing problem, all that is happening is that more people are entering the county to live and yet the vacancies for school places, doctors, dentists etc do not appear to be addressed. Water supplies/sewage and electricity problems in some areas also need to be addressed, the power drops dramatically in the area in which i live during peak times in the holiday season as does the water pressure.
If eventually Cornwall looks like other built up concreted over areas like in parts of other counties, then will the tourist trade suffer.
The trouble with a good majority of the new build projects is that they are not sufficiently addressing the local needs housing problem, all that is happening is that more people are entering the county to live and yet the vacancies for school places, doctors, dentists etc do not appear to be addressed. Water supplies/sewage and electricity problems in some areas also need to be addressed, the power drops dramatically in the area in which i live during peak times in the holiday season as does the water pressure. If eventually Cornwall looks like other built up concreted over areas like in parts of other counties, then will the tourist trade suffer. Gill Zella Martin 09
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2:16pm Fri 7 Dec 12

PeteBanfield says...

I saw the massive "land acquired" board has gone up on treliever roundabout, and am shocked to hear they want to put 90 dwellings within the village. Add this to the proposed development at the top of Antron Hill I truly question is there really that level of demand locally for this volume of new housing stock in Mabe?

The area of this development is possibly at one of the worst parts of the village with regards to access (I am assuming that it will be onto Treliever Road just where it narrows?) With 90 additional dwellings, the sheer increase in cars coming in/out/through the village will be crazy. Throw into the mix the 100+ dwellings that Bovis Homes are proposing at Kernick Gate (Behind ASDA) as well as others in the proposals in the local area, you have got to ask.. are all these new houses really needed? It is blatently obvious that a large proportion will be bought/ used for student accomodation so will not benefit local housing needs.

I completely agree with Mr Dunstan in that our beautiful countryside, the reason people choose to live in this area is slowly being eroded, and for what reason??

Quite frankly the arguments about all the extra money that will be spent in the shop/pub does not change the fact that there is not the demand for these houses, there is not the need for these houses and the villagers dont want them.
I saw the massive "land acquired" board has gone up on treliever roundabout, and am shocked to hear they want to put 90 dwellings within the village. Add this to the proposed development at the top of Antron Hill I truly question is there really that level of demand locally for this volume of new housing stock in Mabe? The area of this development is possibly at one of the worst parts of the village with regards to access (I am assuming that it will be onto Treliever Road just where it narrows?) With 90 additional dwellings, the sheer increase in cars coming in/out/through the village will be crazy. Throw into the mix the 100+ dwellings that Bovis Homes are proposing at Kernick Gate (Behind ASDA) as well as others in the proposals in the local area, you have got to ask.. are all these new houses really needed? It is blatently obvious that a large proportion will be bought/ used for student accomodation so will not benefit local housing needs. I completely agree with Mr Dunstan in that our beautiful countryside, the reason people choose to live in this area is slowly being eroded, and for what reason?? Quite frankly the arguments about all the extra money that will be spent in the shop/pub does not change the fact that there is not the demand for these houses, there is not the need for these houses and the villagers dont want them. PeteBanfield
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1:48pm Sat 8 Dec 12

titanium says...

This is one of the results of uncontrolled immigration.
The cities are already overcrowded, as are schools, hospitals social services etc.
More and more people will be moving to rural areas. This is just the start I'm afraid.
This is one of the results of uncontrolled immigration. The cities are already overcrowded, as are schools, hospitals social services etc. More and more people will be moving to rural areas. This is just the start I'm afraid. titanium
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5:00pm Sat 8 Dec 12

rwarwicker says...

PeteBanfield, your comment regarding student houses can in theory be discounted, as this article says the units will be for social housing (i.e. council houses), and affordable part buy scheme (council houses where the tenant buys a percentage and rents the rest off the council),both apparently have a strict criteria for who can buy and live in them,
PeteBanfield, your comment regarding student houses can in theory be discounted, as this article says the units will be for social housing (i.e. council houses), and affordable part buy scheme (council houses where the tenant buys a percentage and rents the rest off the council),both apparently have a strict criteria for who can buy and live in them, rwarwicker
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5:48pm Sat 8 Dec 12

PeteBanfield says...

@ rwarwicker: good spot, but still doesn't change the volume of traffic/housing need argument unfortunately. The depressing fact is that a lot of so called "affordable" homes are far from that... when you factor in mortgage payments, the rent element as well as any ground rent/maintenance charges etc.

I still question though, is there a real need for inexcess of 200 new homes in the local area? (this site, Kernick Gate and the proposed development on the old Booths site).
@ rwarwicker: good spot, but still doesn't change the volume of traffic/housing need argument unfortunately. The depressing fact is that a lot of so called "affordable" homes are far from that... when you factor in mortgage payments, the rent element as well as any ground rent/maintenance charges etc. I still question though, is there a real need for inexcess of 200 new homes in the local area? (this site, Kernick Gate and the proposed development on the old Booths site). PeteBanfield
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