CONTROVERSIAL plans for a new housing development in St Erth are due to be discussed this evening by residents.
Plans for 16 houses on the Wellfield at Green Lane have sparked concern in the village and led the residents' association to call a meeting this evening ahead of a parish council meeting to discuss the plans next week.
Some residents are unhappy that the public consultation regarding the site is taking place over the Christmas period, when many people will be unaware of it.
In his official objection to the plans, villager John Higgins, said: "I think that the developers are being somewhat sneaky – as the application has been denied previously – in trying to time the application around what is undoubtedly everyone's busiest time of year."
Derek Tilby, chairman of the residents' association, said: "We have had to call a meeting at very short notice because so many people are away.
"I imagine the people that are very close by and are affected by it will be angry, but I have no idea about the rest of the village. We will take the feeling of the meeting."
A total of 14 residents have lodged objections to the plans which along with 16 dwellings include estate roads, footpaths and landscaping, on Cornwall Council's website.
Issues of concern include the risk of increased flooding at Green Lane and traffic problems in the already congested village.
Caroline Treverrow, a resident on nearby Church Street, noted: "We have a great number of families with young children in our village, and quite a number living in Church Street.
"This area is dangerous enough, with cars and bikes whizzing down the road, with little or no regard for the safety of the residents – with a further 16 houses proposed, and with access from our road, this would increase the traffic by on average 32 cars."
Others have objected to houses being built in a rural area which is used as a recreational ground.
Inger Kavanagh added: "The loss of conservation and rural land will have an adverse effect on wildlife, nature and village life. St Erth is a beautiful village with very old traditional houses and buildings and another modern development will completely alter the character of this special place in a negative way."
The developers proposing the scheme were unavailable for comment as The Cornishman went to press.
St Erth Residents' Association will hold a public meeting tonight at 7pm in St Erth Parish Church.
The parish council will consider the application at a meeting on Wednesday, January 8 at 8.15pm in the Vestry Rooms.
More details can be found at www.sterth-pc.gov.uk