Amended designs have been submitted for three of eight houses being built on land near to Helston Community College.

A reserved matters application has been resubmitted for the removal of two derelict buildings, to be replaced by eight new houses, on land adjacent to Channel View, in Gander Lane, Helston.

Outline planning permission for development of the site was granted in October 2022, looking at access only, before detailed plans were granted in May 2023.

Now planning consultants Situ8, on behalf of Rhosnoweth Developments Ltd, have resubmitted the plans, with amendments for three of the properties.

These feature a redesign for plots 3 and 4, which are described in the application as “more in-keeping with the rest of the development, which in turn will reduce the ridge heights.”

There is also a proposed redesign for plot 5, to add a sun room to the rear garden and increase the size of the garage.

Falmouth Packet: The ammended design for plot 5, with sun room and larger garageThe ammended design for plot 5, with sun room and larger garage (Image: RA Design Ltd/Cornwall Council)

The application site at Gander Lane represents a large plot with two derelict and vandalised residential properties and outbuildings. These have been partially removed due to their dangerous nature.

More details on the amended application can be found on Cornwall Council’s online planning portal, via its website, reference PA24/00909.

Falmouth Packet: The derelict properties on site have since been demolished for safety reasonsThe derelict properties on site have since been demolished for safety reasons (Image: Situ8/Cornwall Council)

The development has proved contentious from the start. Cornwall Council’s west sub-area planning committee was handed a 35-signature petition against the development when members met to consider the application last May.

They also heard from a representative of the 35 who had signed, who said: “The site deserves a tasteful, modest and considerate plan for everyone that complements the land its sits on. It would be a travesty if this plan is passed in its present form.”

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However, the committee heard there had also been comments of support on the council’s planning portal, describing it as “a much-needed upgrade to an unsightly blight on the town”.

The plans in their previous form were passed unanimously.

As part of the agreed outline plans, the access lane has been widened to have a minimum width of 4.1m, which involved repositioning the hedge further to the east and a new 2m high steel security fencing on the boundary with Helston Community College.