Up to 200 homes on rural site near bay?
RESIDENTS of Carbis Bay have raised concerns over plans to build up to 200 new homes on a greenfield site.
Gonwin Developments Limited is aiming to submit a formal application at the end of the month for the project at Gonwin Farm.
There could be affordable housing, a care village and public open spaces.
Residents have been voicing their concerns about the controversial plans, which would see the dwellings built across 22 acres of land.
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Marion Thomas, said: "If they keep taking greenfield sites, Cornwall will end up as another big sprawling city and visitors won't come. The roads are congested enough around here and there are too many second home owners."
Richard Stone, who owns Becks Fish and Chips Restaurant in Carbis Bay which overlooks part of the site, said: "I was born in Carbis Bay and the town has changed. They say it's progress but I'm not sure. Instead of lovely green fields there will be houses. I'm not necessarily against it, but I don't want to see it go further."
St Ives Mayor, Colin Nicholls, refused to comment on the plans as they had yet to be formally presented to St Ives Town Council. A meeting between the council and developers is due to take place tonight.
In addition to the proposed homes, off-site contributions for education, possible affordable housing schemes elsewhere in the parish and other community projects, such as green spaces, are being envisaged by the planners. A junior-sized football pitch will also be provided.
Michael Wodskou, partner in Gonwin Development Limited, said it had ensured the development would be high quality.
"We decided to bring something nice to the community, to spend some decent money in the area and make a nice environment. I wouldn't put my name to something otherwise," he said.
The site has been identified by Cornwall Council Framework Options for urban extension.
A spokesman from architects RLT, who are working on the project, said: "Feedback from the public consultation will be used ahead of a planning application."
A public meeting is to be held at Carbis Bay Wesley Methodist Church Hall, off St Ives Road on Thursday, September 19, from 2pm to 8pm.