Western Morning News

Plan for new homes set to be approved by council

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PLANS to build 133 new homes on land near Penryn and Falmouth are set to go back before councillor­s next week.

The planning applicatio­n from Barratt David Wilson Homes for land at Kergilliac­k in Budock will be considered by Cornwall Council’s west sub-area planning committee when it meets on Monday, January 11.

Under the proposals, 47 of the homes would be affordable – 35% of the total – with 33 for affordable rent and 14 for shared ownership.

It is the second time that the applicatio­n for the Pen Bethan developmen­t has gone to the committee. When it was last presented in November, councillor­s deferred the applicatio­n due to concerns about biodiversi­ty net gain and a traffic management plan.

Council planning officers have recommende­d the applicatio­n for approval, saying in their report that the concerns have now been addressed by the applicants.

One of the key concerns for local residents and councillor­s is the impact that the developmen­t could have on roads in the area. They highlight that a number of developmen­ts have been approved in the area, which could see 470 homes being built, which will add to the amount of traffic on the roads.

It has been suggested that, while the developmen­ts are separate, their combined impact on the local roads should be considered together. In response to the concerns, the applicants have addressed the issues around the impact on highways. This states that detailed traffic studies had been undertaken prior to the applicatio­n being submitted to ensure that the impact would be in line with what is acceptable.

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