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Go-ahead for 1,500 homes in Truro

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: May 04, 2012

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A controversial £140 million application for a huge housing and retail development on the outskirts of Truro has been given the green light.

After more than four hours of heated debate, councillors carried the proposal for the 1,500 home development at Langarth Farm, near Threemilestone, by just ten votes to nine.

Subject to some fine tuning of the legal terms and the approval of Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, the 160-acre site will be developed by property group Inox over the next 10 to 15 years.

It will produce a bigger population than towns such as Lostwithiel, Padstow and Fowey, with opponents saying it is too large, will cause huge infrastructure problems and is not wanted by local residents.

But supporters say the scheme will bring much-needed investment to the area and provide a "lifeline" to some of the 1,989 householders currently on the waiting list for affordable homes within Truro.

Several councillors said the 525 affordable properties being provided at the development – 35 per cent of the total – are "inadequate" in addressing the city's housing crisis.

The development will include a hotel, restaurant, shops, care home, primary school and 600-space extension to the existing park and ride.

Yesterday's approval from Cornwall Council's Strategic Planning Committee also means a significant leap forward for the Duchy's stadium plans, as Inox already has outline planning permission for the venue on an adjacent site.

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  • cornishenigma  |  May 05 2012, 7:38AM

    These are not much needed homes, this development is quarter of the size of Truro . A smaller development would have been much more appropriate. It is not a case of NImby , but more of a case of practical considerations. Is the stadium a sweetner from the developers ? !

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  • Jonny2010  |  May 04 2012, 7:48PM

    As if the traffic in-and-around Truro wasn't bad enough already?

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  • youngcornwall  |  May 04 2012, 5:59PM

    by Gurnards_Head "DISCUSS NOW LETS AS USUAL HEAR 50,000 REASONS WHY IT CANNOT BE DONE!!!" My point being, there could be those who live and work with all their family around them going back many generations, and live only a few miles from a property, but live in the county of Devon, and there could be those who live in say Penzance, who wish to move, who has the "genuine local connections" in a case like this then? Gurnards_Head. You're the one who came up with the hypothetical solution, not me.

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  • poldice  |  May 04 2012, 5:09PM

    As is usual in this scenario the minor local politician in question will brazen this little local difficulty out with impunity. In fairness were the developmental sequence Maiden Green... Willow Green... then Langarth in time that would have been more logical and reasonable albeit still urban sprawl but away from Truro City centre rather than towards it from 4 miles out it as yesterdays decision dictates.

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  • Gurnards_Head  |  May 04 2012, 3:01PM

    I just hope that we are not about to be softened up for Cornwall Council to put taxpayers money into that stadium scheme!

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  • Gurnards_Head  |  May 04 2012, 2:03PM

    Lets have an answer from you rather than a question for once young cornwall.

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  • TheodoreV  |  May 04 2012, 1:25PM

    Come on chaps, lets all vote for more houses, houses, houses, houses, houses.... who cares about Cornwall as we once knew it. Lets live the dream of a Cornish Manchester, Birmingham or Glasgow No point whining when the damage has been done.

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  • youngcornwall  |  May 04 2012, 1:20PM

    by Gurnards_Head "with a 106 clause that the property could be sold only to anther purchaser with genuine local connections or back to the Council at cost plus inflation." How would you determine what is or what is not "genuine local connections"?

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  • Gurnards_Head  |  May 04 2012, 12:49PM

    Affordable homes are a very emotive subject, whilst Cornwall Council have made efforts in this direction results quite simply are not good enough. WHAT IS AFFORDABLE? For a starter home the sale price must be pitched at a reasonable multiple of the purchasers eligable income, which in Cornwall denotes that it will be lower than elsewhere yet in general property prices are much higher. The only answer is innovative social housing that delivers a standard 3 bedroom house for circa 100k which could be achievable. EXAMPLE. Cornwall Council has the old Penwethers School campus at Highertown which could acomodate say 300 affordable homes on ground that it owns and is serviced, why not build a selection of homes for social rent to keyworkers with definite local connections. after say five years satisfactory tenure offer the tenants the right to purchase of building pitching the cost of each plot at 10k with inflation indexed. Then take the total rent paid in the interim as the deposit with a 106 clause that the property could be sold only to anther purchaser with genuine local connections or back to the Council at cost plus inflation. The land is already owned so this would cost counciltaxpayers a relatively negligible sum to go a long way toward solving a pressing local need. The houses would be sited within walking distance of several major employers solving a huge traffic and commuting issue at a stroke. DISCUSS NOW LETS AS USUAL HEAR 50,000 REASONS WHY IT CANNOT BE DONE!!!

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  • Vox_Populi  |  May 04 2012, 11:41AM

    @ DuporthBob Yes. Overcrowding. I use that road every day and it is badly congested now. Add 1500 'homes' and associated developments and it will be an order of magnitude worse. And how is the infrastructure supposed to cope; water, drainage, sewage, mains power, etc.? Adding to the population of any part of the UK is folly of the highest order.

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