THE POPULATION of Liskeard could increase by around a quarter if proposals for a new development on the outskirts of the town are approved.
A planning application to build 550 homes, a care home for 60 residents and a retail unit, which would cover the equivalent of five full-sized football pitches, has been submitted to Cornwall Council.
The Tencreek Farm development, which sits in the parish of Menheniot, has been put forward by DHA Planning on behalf of a private applicant, and is currently open to public consultation.
Cornwall councillor for Liskeard North Roger Holmes said a development of this size would have a profound effect on the town.
"Such a large and mixed development in a neighbouring parish but right on its edge is bound to have a profound effect on employment, the provision of services, traffic flow and the business health of Liskeard as a whole, which will have to be evaluated very carefully before making a judgment," he said.
"It is very easy to be seduced by individual aspects on their own such as affordable housing, jobs or a cinema, which may not be as simple in reality as at first they appear.
"We cannot, therefore, either welcome or condemn such projects without proper and deep investigation."
The plans include a new Royal Mail sorting office, which would replace the existing town-centre facility, a community hub comprising neighbourhood shopping facilities, and a GP surgery.
A five-screen cinema and space for five new restaurants and bars are also included in the proposals, as well as just under 6,000m² of retail floorspace.
South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray encouraged Liskeard residents to have their say on the plans.
"I would like to thank the Cornish Guardian for bringing this important application to the attention of their readers," Mrs Murray said.
"I would encourage all local people to take part in the Cornwall Council application to ensure their views are heard.
"Important questions should be taken into account such as the road capacity and the impact on amenities for local people."
Sally Hawken, Cornwall councillor for Liskeard East, said people in the town are concerned about the proposed development.
"Although Menheniot Parish, this development clearly would be significant for Liskeard and people have contacted me expressing concerns," she said.
"Liskeard Town Council planning committee will be commenting on Tuesday, July 9. I would urge everyone to look carefully at this outline planning application."
To view the application go online at Cornwall.gov.uk/planning and search for PA13/05151.