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Call for extra 1,350 new homes to be built in Penzance

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: October 05, 2013

Call for  extra 1,350 new  homes to be built in Penzance
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PENZANCE and the surrounding area could be home to an extra 1,350 houses over the next 17 years, if new proposals are agreed.

In February this year, Cornwall Council agreed that the West Penwith Community Network Area (CNA) – covering Penzance and the area from Marazion west to St Just but not including St Ives and Hayle – should see 2,500 new homes built in the period up to 2030.

However, at a recent informal meeting of the council's environment, heritage and planning portfolio advisory committee, Cornelius Olivier, ward member for Penzance Central, suggested the area could accommodate an extra 1,350 new homes.

Mr Olivier said that his suggestion was made following advice from planning officers that the council's current overall target for 42,500 new homes across Cornwall was not acceptable to the Government.

"We were told that the Government would not approve the local plan unless there was an agreement to build around 47,500 new homes," he said.

Mr Olivier says his figure of 3,850 new homes was based on the West Penwith CNA having 8 per cent of the population of Cornwall, so it should take responsibility for 8 per cent of the housing.

But he also believes that there is a desperate need for new housing in the area while emphasising that such a decision would only be taken after further consultation.

"There is universal acceptance among local housing professionals that Penzance has the worst housing problems in Cornwall," he added.

"This (extra 1,350 new homes) would only result in around 50 extra new homes a year being built in the area over the course of the plan."

However Jane Howells, chairman of St Hilary Parish Council, says that the original figure of 2,500 homes is adequate for the area's needs and could result in up to 600 new affordable homes being built.

"I believe Councillor Olivier is the only member from the Penwith CNA on this committee and this is much too important an issue for people not to be able to have their input," she said.

"I do not believe that the 47,500 figure is set in stone and any change in the housing figures would have to be approved by the Cabinet and full council. I would urge all parishes to send a representative along to the next meeting of the Penwith CNA on October 10 so that they can state their position.

"This is a massive extra amount of houses being planned for Penwith."

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  • Dantwo  |  October 05 2013, 9:21PM

    #Trecurnow - you asked "Would that be his fellow Labour councillor?" By that I assume you mean the councillor whose wife is the Affordable Housing Manager?

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  • rickoon  |  October 05 2013, 7:51PM

    by cweatherhill "Local folk in need of housing, or yet more would-be in-migrants?" Less than 80 new houses to be built a year for 17 years, not enough to give local folk any chance of buying their own property, flood the market with new properties, the prices will soon come down then.

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  • twofeetofsnow  |  October 05 2013, 7:20PM

    Where will all these incoming people work? Will the Council build new infrastructure to deal with the new houses, the current road system has trouble with all the tourists let alone another possible 2000 plus cars. Cornwall Council has always been slow to give help to Penzance when it is needed, just look at the year it has taken them to talk about flood defences with nothing done yet. If this was a good idea Penzance would be the last to benefit, instead it will become a money spinner for the council and a dumping ground for the people they don't want in Truro and Falmouth.

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  • Trecurnow  |  October 05 2013, 2:33PM

    "There is universal acceptance among local housing professionals that Penzance has the worst housing problems in Cornwall," he added. Would that be his fellow Labour councillor?

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  • cweatherhill  |  October 05 2013, 1:18PM

    And exactly where, Cllr. Olivier, do you intend these houses to be built? And for whom? Local folk in need of housing, or yet more would-be in-migrants? The Council exists to serve the needs of the former, not the desires of the latter. (P.S. You wouldn't be a Tory, by any chance?)

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  • TWINSCREW  |  October 05 2013, 11:05AM

    These houses will be needed to accommodate the influx of immigrants expected from our friends in the EU, I see there is no mention of the extra infrastructure needed to cater for their needs such as more hospitals and doctors surgeries etc. not to mention JOBS,

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  • Turnerscrafts Ltd  |  October 05 2013, 10:12AM

    They will need all those extra houses in that area to keep the new Sainsburys going !!! I refuse to believe that there is enough footfall in the area to sustain 3 large supermarkets, so new houses will need to be built for them all to survive, however, there will be few or no small businesses left in the town they will all go to the wall, not only in Penzance, but surrounding towns and villages as well.

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