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Dream home in Bodmin could be flattened to make way for road

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: December 21, 2012

  • Vicky and Alan Gynn outside their home in Bodmin

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A SHOCKED couple have been told the dream home they have just purchased will have to be bulldozed to make way for a new road which will signal major changes to the centre of Bodmin.

The proposals include the part-pedestrianisation of Fore Street, a new relief road which will cut across part of the Priory Park recreation area from Priory Road to St Nicholas Street and which will scrap the Church Square roundabout in favour of a new layout.

But for the whole scheme to succeed, a large house on St Nicholas Street will have to be demolished.

The home was purchased six weeks ago by Alan and Vicky Gynn. Now they have received a letter from agents acting for Cornwall Council offering to buy The Eaves, a substantial five-bedroom house.

Mrs Gynn said they did not want to sell the property.

"We only completed on the house on October 31 and it's the home I've always dreamt of owning, we love it," she said.

"But then we got a letter with an offer from Cornwall Council to buy the property, but without saying what they wanted it for.

"So I made some enquires and I was shocked when I found out they in fact want to knock the house down for a new road – it's absolutely heartbreaking," said Mrs Gynn.

Cornwall Council is expected to go public on its plans for the road network in Bodmin early in the new year.

Cornwall councillor for Bodmin East, Lance Kennedy, said provisional discussions had taken place between the local authority and Bodmin Town Council on the new scheme.

"There has been public demand for improvements to the road network and air quality in the town and I can confirm a new scheme has been prepared by Cornwall Council for consultation which will relieve traffic congestion in the town centre," said Mr Kennedy.

"It will improve the pedestrian experience in Bodmin and improve air quality. If, after public consultation, the scheme is approved, it will mark a significant investment in Bodmin and will help prepare the town for future growth," said Mr Kennedy.

Mrs Gynn said she and her husband have now contacted MP Dan Rogerson to help save their house from demolition, but fear they may have little option but to give up their dream home: " We have told Cornwall Council's agents we do not want to sell them the house, but because it is for a road scheme, the council could go for a compulsory purchase order, which would be devastating," said Mrs Gynn.

"We started renovating the new house for us to move in, but that has had to stop because of the uncertainty over what is happening."

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  • JeremyBadger  |  December 28 2012, 12:03AM

    Come on then User99, tell us the truth, as only you seem know it cleverclogs!

  • User99  |  December 26 2012, 11:37PM

    I have never read so many misinformed comments in all my life. People really should get their facts straight before opening their mouths.

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  • JeremyBadger  |  December 24 2012, 3:58PM

    Whilst I feel sorry for Mr & Mrs Glynn's plight, surely their solicitor, if they did use one, some people don't and there is no legal obligation to do so. If they did then he or she has let them down and should be referred to the Law Society without haste.

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  • eyeopener  |  December 22 2012, 12:11AM

    If I were Mr and Mrs Gynn (yes I know its hard to be in the two places at the same time, let alone be two people) I would consider suing my solicitor as he/she should have done thorough property searchs as part of the conveyancing.

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  • kingofkernow  |  December 21 2012, 2:04PM

    Why didn't the Council purchase the house ? These plans haven't materialised overnight ! I wonder if "heartbroken" Mr and Mrs Gynn had some inside knowledge and stand to gain from this . ps. The council own Lyndhurst which is the Registry Office, why not demolish that and compulsory purchase the property between there and the old Pencarran Club to accomodate the road ? The pavement outside that property is too narrow anyway.

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  • Mice470  |  December 21 2012, 1:41PM

    I would suggest that the previous owners must have known as well.

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  • Big_Ger  |  December 21 2012, 9:30AM

    Surely whoever sold these people the house would have known of the potential road? I'd be looking to sue the estate agents.

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