"Local greed not local need" is behind a bid to build ten new homes near St Keverne Primary School, according to one parish councillor.

Council chairman Roger Richards gave his verdict as members considered a request by Mr P Retallack for outline planing permission, to build up to ten homes and new vehicle access on land at School Hill, almost opposite the playing field.

It would develop an agricultural field to the south of Tregellast Parc, with the architects arguing it was "a perfect example of the intention of 'rounding off'" - a term given to land outside the main part of a village or town, but the edge is defined by a structure such as a road.

Councillor Sarah Lyne pointed out that during a different pre-planning application the previous month, for 33 houses either side of the Penmenner Estate, it had come to light that there was a need for 63 more affordable homes needed in St Keverne, but "we don't need ten big dwellings."

Councillor Jill Ludbrook agreed that pre-planning documents for this development from Mr Retallack had shown 100 per cent of the then-proposed nine houses being affordable, but this was no longer the case in the formal application.

Chairman Mr Richards said: "We can provide for people at the top end [of the wage scale], but what about people at the bottom end? We have houses over £200,000 - they can't afford them.

"Cornwall is doing more than its fair share towards this silly quota put in [for housing development]. We are building to the extend we're going to be way above that quota. Every town and village is going to be slaughtered by that building.

"This is local greed, not local need."

Planning documents accompanying Mr Retallack's application state: "The applicant acknowledges the requirement to agree to a financial contribution in lieu of on-site provision of affordable housing and will be willing to enter into an appropriate form of Section 106 Agreement."

However, while councillor Michael Anselmi agreed that it was "deeply disappointing that this one doesn't have any local needs attached to it at all," he supported the ideal in principle.

"It's not made by a big developer. It's by a very respected local family who have done other developments in the area. At the moment I can't support it but with amended plans in the future I might be able to," he added.

Councillor David Lambrick said the fields in questions were "the highest point in St Keverne" and would be seen for miles around.

He added that this road during school drop off and collection times was "a nightmare" already, without the extra vehicles this development would produce.

The application had some support, with councillor Derek Kevern saying St Keverne had good facilities and the houses would be "a grand asset to the village," suggesting members support it. He failed to find a backer, however, with the council recommending that permission be refused by Cornwall Council.