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Neighbours protest at 'irresponsible' plan for Hayle homes

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: February 05, 2014

Controversial plans for 200 homes in Hayle led residents to protest during the public exhibition and have more recently seen neighbours start a petition.

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A GROUP of neighbours in Hayle have got together in protest against proposals to develop more than 200 houses.

Peter Morrell, who lives on Tremeadow Terrace, organised a petition after he found that feeling was running high among his immediate neighbours and many of those in adjacent Tolview Terrace.

More than 20 households have signed the petition objecting to plans from Linden Homes which would see homes built on agricultural land near St George's Road.

Mr Morrell said: "This development will result in great impact on the infrastructure of Hayle and it is not only inappropriate but also is environmentally irresponsible."

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Residents are also concerned that the land proposed for redevelopment is in a flood plain area, where drains often back up in high spring tides.

"The Environment Agency states that in law 'development can only happen with the approval of the local community'. We are the local community and we totally object to this development," added Mr Morrell.

"We can't say this is representative of Hayle, but we are solid where we are."

Linden Homes is yet to submit a formal application for the site, but since the plans were unveiled at an exhibition in December there has been strong opposition from people living nearby.

Protesters gathered outside the exhibition to voice their objections to the plans which include up to 225 houses, a children's play park, and land for an expansion at Penpol School.

Residents also raised concerns about the lack of notice given about the exhibition, while Hayle Town Council claimed there had been errors in the way the public consultation had been conducted so far.

In response to some of the claims, a spokesman for Linden Homes said it was in the process of reviewing feedback from the exhibition which, where possible, would be incorporated in their plans.

He added: "Linden Homes have also commissioned a number of surveys into various aspects of the site, including ecology and drainage and reports will be submitted as part of the application process; however we can confirm that the area of the site identified for housing is not within the flood plain.

"We have said previously that we recognise the sensitivities surrounding this site which is why we are keen to hold additional consultation with the local stakeholders and residents over the coming weeks."

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