Decision due at Cornwall Council meeting on 60 homes Shrubberies Hill application in Porthleven
COUNCILLORS are due to meet on Tuesday to decide on controversial plans for 60 houses in Porthleven.
Cornwall Council's area planning committee will meet in Penzance to consider the proposed residential development off Shrubberies Hill.
A public meeting about the planning application on July 31 was split, with some speaking in favour of development while others opposed it.
Former Porthleven town councillors Sue Johns and Liz Lane have also each resigned in protest at the town council's handling and backing of the application.
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Now, a final decision is expected on Tuesday, which could draw a line under the long-running issue.
Planning officers have recommended the proposals be approved, subject to a list of conditions. The final decision rests with councillors on the planning committee.
Cornwall councillor Andrew Wallis, from Porthleven, said he would speak to the committee at the meeting.
"It's all coming to a head at the meeting," he said.
"From the representations, it seems the majority of the community are against the location.
"I've always tried to stay neutral on this and will be talking about both sides. I'll be talking about the pros and cons.
"It will then be up to the committee to decide if it fits within the council's planning policies. It's going to be a difficult decision for the committee to make."
The application includes 24 more expensive open-market houses, 9 cheaper houses, 18 flats and houses to rent and 9 shared-ownership houses.
People have broadly welcomed the idea of more affordable houses in Porthleven but the location, in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), has attracted widespread criticism.
If approved, conditions are likely to include a requirement for more detail on how to deal with flooding and drainage and building the access road first, to make sure it meets the requirements for road safety.
The developer, the Rowe family, would also have to pay money for open spaces and towards education costs in Porthleven as part of the conditions.