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Residents' concern at plan for 25 homes

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: September 19, 2013

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MORE THAN 60 people attended a public meeting in Leedstown regarding plans for an affordable housing project in the village.

Crowan Parish Council voted in favour of the plans to build 25 residential properties on the land south east of the playing field on School Road.

Council chairman Sandra Muriel, said: "We listened to everybody's point of view. We conducted a survey earlier in the year and a real need was identified in the parish."

The parish council has backed Ocean Housing plans for eight shared ownership, two market-value and 15 rental houses which will be 20 per cent lower than the rental rate for the area.

If approved, the shared ownership scheme would see buyers take a share in anything from between 25 to 75 per cent of the property, with the opportunity to take on full ownership.

There would be a mixture of one, two, three and four-bedroom homes, with space for parking, which is a requirement for each.

Ocean Housing is also proposing a buy-back scheme, offering residents the rate of the market value at the time of sale.

A formal application for planning permission has been submitted to Cornwall Council. So far 16 out of 18 comments registered on the planning application objected to the proposals. One of the main concerns from residents is that the village does not have the infrastructure to cope with further development.

Resident John Pollard, said: "The application itself is way out of proportion. The field that they are going to build on was flooded last winter."

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