THE NUMBER of new homes earmarked to be built in Fowey, Lostwithiel, Tywardreath and St Blazey over the next 17 years should not be increased, Cornwall Council's environment policy advisory committee has agreed.
Proposals to increase the number of new builds in the area from 360 to 560 by 2030 were rejected by the committee, as it formed its recommendations regarding the number of houses allocated to each area within the county's Local Plan.
Reporting to Fowey Town Council, Cornwall councillor for Fowey and Tywardreath, David Hughes, who sits on the advisory committee, said the total number of homes due to be built across the duchy looks set increase from 42,500 to 47,500.
Under the revised figures Fowey, Lostwithiel, Tywardreath and St Blazey could have been allocated an additional 200 homes.
Mr Hughes told the council: "I argued strongly against this for a number of reasons and, fortunately my case was accepted so, should we eventually go for 47,500, our figure will remain unchanged."
The news was welcomed by Fowey's deputy mayor Anne Boosey, who said the area does not have the infrastructure to accommodate large numbers of new houses.
"Fowey is a very small town," she said. "It does not have the infrastructure to cope with large developments – the surgery is full, the sewerage is a disgrace and it won't be long until the schools won't be able to cope."
She said the town and surrounding area had seen several developments in recent years.
"I don't quite know where they would put another 200 houses," she said.
"We live in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and we certainly don't want to see it overdeveloped."
Pam Jarrett, deputy mayor for Loswithiel, said planners need to ensure the balance is right.
She said: "We do definitely need more affordable homes. It's really important that the infrastructure is thought of at the same time and people with sensible heads make the decision. It's about getting the balance right and not overloading the facilities the town has got."
Cornwall Council is preparing a draft of the Local Plan which, once approved by the Government, will provide a framework for future planning decisions in Cornwall.