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Plans to build 190 new homes at Holmbush Road, St Austell, go before strategic planning committee

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

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THE FATE of a proposed housing development on the outskirts of St Austell is due to be decided by Cornwall Council's strategic planning committee tomorrow (Thursday).

Plans to build up to 190 new homes, 40 per cent of which will be affordable, a pub and commercial premises on a section of land off Holmbush Road have been recommended for approval by Cornwall Council planners.

However local residents, alongside Carlyon Parish Council, St Austell Bay Council and St Austell Town Council, have strongly objected to the development.

Gemma Rebers, who lives in Par, said she was concerned by the potential harm the development would have on the local landscape.

"I'm uncomfortable about the development of greenfield sites in the St Austell Bay area. Over the next ten years we could see massive damage to the area," she said.

Other concerns included a lack of places at local schools, prematurity in light of the emerging town framework and increased pollution levels.

"The area has already been highlighted as a problem area and an extra 800 vehicle movements every day will not help to address the problem," Mrs Rebers added.

Recommending approval, Cornwall Council case officer Gemma Dunn said the construction of affordable homes outweighed the potential harm caused to the landscape and heritage assets in the area.

Miss Dunn said: "In this instance, I conclude that the moderate harm to the landscape and substantial harm to the undesignated assets is outweighed by the significant benefits the proposal would bring in terms of its contribution towards meeting the acute level of local housing need in Carlyon and St Austell and the other benefits."

The application, submitted by Devonshire Homes, includes a proposed Section 106 agreement which states if the application is approved, the developers will provide an equipped play area for local residents, an education contribution of £2,700 per qualifying house and a contribution of £535,680 towards the St Austell transportation strategy.

The strategic planning committee meets at 10am at County Hall in Truro.

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