A HAYLE resident has hit back at claims that development on a floodplain near Angarrack poses a risk to the area.
Two weeks ago The Cornishman reported that many residents in the village had raised concerns that Cranford Developments is seeking planning permission to build a retail park at Marsh Lane, an area which is classed as a grade-three floodplain.
However, several residents have come forward and said the site for development does not pose a flood risk and are welcoming the plans.
Michael Thomas owns the lorry park at Marsh Lane, which makes up part of the buffer zone included in the developer's plans.
In the 28 years he has had the park, he said it had never flooded and he disagrees that development would create further issues for the village.
"To be clear about this, [recent heavy rain] has flooded the wetland which is to be retained as a nature reserve – it has not flooded either the lorry park or the other land on which Cranford intends to build."
Mr Thomas said having worked at the site for almost three decades, he could see no issues with the proximity of the Angarrack River.
"The river runs around the edge of the wetland – which the developers are not building on. The land they are proposing to build on is some distance away from the river and is separated from the wetland and the river by the dismantled railway embankment."
The 72-year-old believes Cranford Developments' proposals to deal with flooding are adequate.
"The drawings are very clear to me – they are digging ponds in the wetland which will create more capacity to retain water which would otherwise flow downstream. This surely must be a good thing."
Angarrack resident of 60 years Malcolm Bryant struggled to comprehend how the lower-lying site would affect flooding in the village.
He agrees the development would be beneficial.
He added: "It is clear to me this site will be developed in the future as it is a prime piece of land and we in Angarrack should take the benefits on offer with both hands. These include the guarantee of a no-build buffer zone next to the village, fields for the use of the village, car parking, traffic-calming, a new footpath and new jobs."
Hayle Town Council is to hold a meeting about it on Wednesday, March 19 at 7.30pm in Hayle Community Centre.