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Final draft of Local Plan

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 06, 2013

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MORE than 4,000 new homes and 1,850 new jobs have been outlined for South East Cornwall in the final draft of Cornwall Council's Local Plan Framework.

The Local Plan, which provides a blueprint for future development in the county, also shows that more than 50,000 square metres of employability space has been outlined for Callington, Liskeard, Looe, Saltash and Torpoint.

The plans have prompted mixed responses from local councillors in the region.

Cornwall councillor for Torpoint East Brian Hobbs welcomed the news that new homes will be built. In the area defined as the Cornwall Gateway, which includes Saltash and Torpoint, the local plan proposes 1,300 new homes should be built between 2010 and 2030.

Mr Hobbs said: "Torpoint needs many homes, especially affordable homes. There are 250 on our waiting list and this needs to be addressed.

"Our housing needs are for the working man who cannot afford to buy and not people who wish to retire here."

In Liskeard and Looe the plan states 2,000 new homes will be built and 1,000 new jobs created.

Looe town councillor Brian Galipeau said larger developments should be kept to Liskeard.

"Large-scale developments should be restricted to Liskeard because Looe will benefit directly from the growth in Liskeard's economy," he said.

"A certain amount of development will be needed for Looe over the next decade and beyond but it must be for the town and its people to control this through our local development plan."

In the Caradon area, the plan outlines the development of 1,000 new homes and 550 new jobs. Cornwall councillor for Callington Andrew Long said he has some concerns over the effect that the proposed development could have on local services.

Mr Long said: "I am concerned about the new numbers for the network area as we have problems regarding the infrastructure in and around Callington.

"The community college is at bursting point and needs major building investment to secure its future. With the reliance on the new Community Infrastructure Levy rather than government investment there is a danger that the situation will deteriorate.

"I also feel the numbers for the network are too high, as are the Cornwall-wide figures."

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  • Gurnards_Head  |  March 06 2013, 3:56PM

    THE THIRD EXAMPLE OF LUNACY ON THE HOUSING/JOBS FRONT AFTER WADEBRIDGE / PADSTOW AND NEWQUAY / ST COLUMB COMES SOUTH EAST CORNWALL 4000 HOMES BUT ONLY 1850 NEW JOBS WHAT IMBECILE IS BEHIND THIS PLAN CORNWALLS PLANNERS ARE A DISGRACE THE WHOLE LOT SHOULD BE FIRED!!!

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