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Villagers attend consultation on Gulval homes plan

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: March 05, 2014

  • Adam Pratt (left) of Terrace Hill and Johnny Kidney of Creatrix PR at Gulval village hall. PZPM20140224F-001_C.JPG

  • Above, protesting about 250 homes for Gulval are members of Gulval Village Community Association. Maria Roberts and Karen Clowes are wearing the T-shirts. Inset: Adam Pratt left, of Terrace Hill, and Johnny Kidney, of Creatrix PR, at Gulval village hall.

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WELL over 150 villagers attended the first consultation event put on by developers Hill Terrace to outline plans for a contentious 230-home scheme on the outskirts of Gulval.

Monday's meeting followed another one a week earlier in which Gulval residents overwhelmingly backed members of the newly-formed Gulval Village Community Association to represent them over future planning issues.

Several residents attended the consultation wearing T-shirts saying: "Don't terrace our hill."

Several sites in and around Gulval have been identified as being suitable for development as Cornwall Council has committed to building 47,500 new homes in the county.

The scheme put forward by Terrace Hill centres on the Gulval West site, running up alongside the B33111 Polmennor Road to the west of the village.

But David Howard, chairman of the community association, said: "This is the wrong development at the wrong site.

"There is already a five-year land bank for housing in Cornwall so there is no need for this scheme.

"We accept that there will need to be more houses built but what we want to do is produce a neighbourhood plan where we can properly assess the merits of each site.

"This site is made up of Grade 2 agricultural land and if you build on that we in Gulval will become part of Penzance – we want to remain a village."

Developer Adam Pratt said: "We have had a range of views and concerns – such as highways and housing for local families – which we will take away and address with a masterplan.

"We are very much aware of the site's sensitivity and I hope that our initial vision for the site, with the retention of extensive green space along the prominent ridgeline and no development on Ponsandane field, will have reassured those who attended yesterday."

Mr Pratt added that a second consultation meeting would probably take place early in the summer.

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  • elleyc  |  March 05 2014, 12:56PM

    Localised housing based on local needs, not blanket developments with quotas set by central government and carried out blindly by council planners. Affordable housing fullfilling specific needs for the locality and sensitively planned doesn't seem to be a real consideration. Profit for the developers and satisfying quotas should not take precedence.

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  • TheodoreV  |  March 05 2014, 12:18PM

    Cornwall Council through its Planning Department has seriously lost its way. Is it determined to ruin Penzance and environs? Even were the case made for more housing, this is the wrong place for it. The previous Council acknowledged the principle by protecting it in the Local Plan. So who decided to change the guidelines and ear-mark it for development? If allowed it will effectively remove any separation between village and town and fundamentally change the character of the former to a suburb. It also means the loss of a greenfield site of high quality agricultural land and has serious flooding implications to properties in the valley. Isn't it time County Hall, in its onward rush to allow building at any cost, demonstrated a modicum of intelligent thinking and a desire to protect the character of existing settlements? Housing where allowed should be clearly justified and needs based, not just blanket development anywhere and everywhere.

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