A developer is making a third attempt to build ten new homes on land close to St Keverne School.

RNC Developments Ltd has applied for outline planning permission for up to ten affordable housing-led homes on land adjacent to Tregellast Parc, off School Hill, considering access only in this application.

Pre-application advice from Cornwall Council in 2016 supported a scheme of nine homes in principle, but said that only a wholly affordable scheme, made up a mix of rental and shared ownership houses, could be supported.

This planning application follows two previously refused similar schemes, for ten open market houses and subsequently ten affordable-led houses. Both refusals were appealed, but dismissed.

In the current application, which will be discussed by St Keverne Parish Council members when they meet at Coverack's St Peter's Hall this Thursday, a new access road for vehicles is proposed, leading from School Hill.

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An indication of what the layout could look like in eventual plans

Accompanying documents state this is designed to be sufficiently wide to allow two vehicles to pass and accommodate footpaths to both sides.

It goes on to say the development site is a field laid to grass, containing a small shed and boat storage, and contrary to a reason given for refusal of both previous applications, was not used for agricultural purposes.

Reasons for refusal of the second application also stated it would cause "significant harm" to the rural character and appearance of the area.

However, landscape planning consultants commissioned by the developer's architect, Alan Brown Development Services Ltd, have argued that the proposals "reflect the recent growth and evolution of St Keverne" and that while it would change the character of the site grassland to a residential development it was immediately adjacent to the existing built edge of St Keverne.

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The land in question