Cornwall's biggest ever housing development under threat
A businessman putting together Cornwall's biggest ever housing development has slammed councillors trying to block the scheme.
Rob Saltmarsh of Inox has planning permission to build 1,500 homes at Langarth near Truro in a development connected to plans for a stadium for Cornwall.
But Truro City Council is considering whether to pursue a legal challenge that could stop the development.
The city council has continually opposed the Langarth farm plans.
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Loic Rich, a Truro city councillor, said: "As a city council we care first and foremost about the people who live and work here, including jobs, housing and infrastructure.
"We are considering our options regarding a major application that could have a range of implications on services, including extreme traffic congestion, sewage and other services. This is about ensuring the social and economic vitality of our local area.
"The city council has not yet reached final decision on whether to take action, as the court will let us know if we can take action, and action will only be taken if the city council decide to after weighing up all the pro's and con's. That will of course include whether the use of taxpayers' money is the right thing to do."
If Truro City Council get the go ahead for legal action it would see them take Cornwall Council to the high court for a judicial review of the planning consent.
In August the Truro City Council lost a similar legal challenge against the Truro Eastern District Centre, which reportedly cost them £20,000 in legal fees.
Mr Saltmarsh, managing director of Inox Group, said: "It frankly beggars belief that the elected body that claims to represent the city's interests should seek to use the courts to stifle a £400 million private investment that will deliver 1,000 jobs and 525 affordable homes at a time when there are almost 2,000 people waiting for an affordable home in the area.
"If you asked the hard working people of Truro whether they'd prefer tens of thousands of pounds of their money to be frittered away through pointless legal actions, or invested in something like a Christmas lights display or better public conveniences, you can guess the answer."
Alongside the housing provision, Inox plan to build a primary school, care village, community centre and a hotel at the Langarth Farm site.
The development would also see a 600 space extension to the Threemilestone Park and Ride.
Mr Saltmarsh has said that even if his Langarth Farm plans fall through Truro would eventually get 1,500 homes, but, unlike in his proposal, they would be built in a fragmented and unorganised fashion.
The businessman also warned that overturning consent for his project would damage the realisation of a stadium for Cornwall as vital infrastructure would not be built.
Cornwall Council is currently waiting to hear whether the high court will grant Truro City Council leave for a judicial review.