Penryn housing plans slammed as dangerous
A proposal for 13 new houses in Penryn failed to win the town council’s support last week after members branded it “dangerous” and “unsuitable”.
The outline planning application, from Colin Coade and the Enys Estate, concerns land at Packsaddle in the Tremough Dale area of the town.
As many as 30 letters of objection have been received by Cornwall Council, with the main bone of contention being the unsuitability of the road for any increase in traffic.
Objector Carolyn Wilkins went to the meeting, last Monday, to describe the access road for the proposed site. She said: “It’s a very steep hill, it’s slippery, it’s got a lot of bends and it has got high hedges. Access is totally unsuitable and this development triples the number of houses in this area.”
John Tozer, who also objects to the application, said: “It seems to be no man’s land that lane. It’s not well maintained and there’s no lighting. I personally don’t have any objection to the development of the site. It’s really the access that is completely wrong.”
Councillor Nick Ferris agreed with the objectors’ assessment of the conditions on the road. He said: “You can’t even walk on the pavements up there because it’s so green [with algae], you have to walk on the road.”
Chairman of the planning committee, Mark Snowdon, branded the entrance to the site, the lane leading away from it and street lighting in the area all as “unacceptable.”
He said: “There’s no way I would like to be part of a decision made tonight and then someone gets killed up there because of something we have decided.”
The town council voted unanimously to recommend refusal of the application as it stands. A final decision will be made by Cornwall Council.