Housing developer Taylor Wimpey is seeking to occupy a new estate before a pedestrian and cycle path is built, contrary to a previous agreement.

A section 106 legal agreement with Cornwall Council prohibits the company from occupying the new Chy An Dowr estate on Bickland Water Road before the path is built.

Taylor Wimpey is now seeking to change this condition to allow them to move half of the residents in before the work is completed.

A spokesperson for the company said that it has decided to extend the scope of highway improvements (including road resurfacing and the footpath).

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They added that the full amount for the highways work has now been paid to Cornwall Council and that the start of the work depends on when the local authority can approve a contractor.

The spokesperson said: "In order to minimise delay to customers who have already purchased properties or have been allocated one of the affordable homes, we have applied to alter a condition of the planning consent which requires the highways work to be completed before any homes on the development are occupied."

Cornwall Councillor for Constantine, Mawnan and Budock John Bastin said: "I personally have no problem with this as long as it does not mean it never happens."

A Cornwall Council spokesperson said: "CORMAC will be carrying out the works which are due to start in September and should be finished before Christmas."