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Linden Homes to hold a second public meeting over Hayle plans

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: January 22, 2014

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RESIDENTS packed into the community centre in Hayle last week to hear a discussion on plans for hundreds of new houses in the town.

A meeting of Hayle Town Council was due to discuss the Linden Homes development of more than 200 homes on the land south of St George's Road, after several issues were raised regarding the consultation process.

Peter Pool, resident on St George's Road, wrote to the council with concern that only two days' notice was given by Linden Homes before the public exhibition.

"It is clear many residents in Hayle are deeply concerned about the pace of this proposed application.

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"It is rightly viewed as a huge expansion for the town and there is concern that the proposal should not be allowed to be bulldozed through," he added.

Mr Pool said he left the meeting feeling disappointed after town councillors voted not to discuss proposals for the site until a formal planning application had been submitted.

"Having raised issues at a previous meeting in public participation I was hoping for a fuller discussion, as the matter is already in public domain. I felt the response was a pre-planned stalling exercise."

Mayor Jayne Ninnes said councillors did not want to predetermine their vote but admitted she was not entirely happy with the way the public consultation has been held so far.

"I felt that some of the information during the public exhibition was misleading.

"I was told on two occasions the town council was fully informed and I do not consider that to be true. We were given very short notice to attend and I am disappointed that the developer did not plan a better pre-consultation event. I will be looking for Linden Homes to engage in a meaningful consultation when it does submit an application."

Linden Homes intends to submit ambitious plans, which include a mix of market and affordable properties, as well as two hectares of land for Penpol School, to Cornwall Council in the coming weeks.

A spokesman for the company said the consultation process is very important, which is why they are holding a second public exhibition.

He added: "We recognise the sensitivities surrounding this scheme, which is why we are arranging additional consultation with local stakeholders and residents over the coming weeks. We are keen to meet with Hayle Town Council to discuss our plans and we will be holding a second public exhibition; the details and timings are still being determined.

"We always look to meet and engage with the community to understand their views, where possible, incorporate their comments prior to submitting a planning application."

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