Developer has another battle on its hands
PLANS to build 31 new homes in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in Mevagissey are facing fierce opposition.
An application to build 21 affordable homes and 10 houses for the open market on farmland above Polstrease beach has been submitted to Cornwall Council by Mevagissey Bay View LLP.
Great controversy greeted a previous application for the site by the same firm, on which a final decision is due to be made at a judicial hearing next month.
On Cornwall Council's planning website dozens of residents have objected to the latest proposals.
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"It will ruin an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty," wrote Bitsy Ford Shephard.
"Once gone, our coastline can never be replaced. Tourism is the bedrock of our economy. Do you imagine tourists will continue to walk our coastline when it is filled up with houses?"
David Sycamore said: "The development would blight the best of the local AONB and thereby degrade the attraction of Mevagissey for residents and tourists alike.
"Whilst the inclusion of affordable homes in the scheme is welcome, there are already plans by the parish council to provide such accommodation. Fourteen homes have already been built on Vicarage Hill and more are planned.
"There are around 80 market properties on sale in Mevagissey so why build 10 more? They are just not needed, especially not on greenfield sites."
Ben Dancer, planning officer for the Cornwall AONB, said the proposals breached national and local policy guidance for development within the protected zone.
"The development would neither protect or enhance, but would harm the natural beauty of the area," he said.
"The proposed dwellings would be prominent in this sensitive coastal landscape; it would result in a developed appearance which would erode the quality of the natural appearance of the coast."
The council's own Department for Children, Schools and Families, in its capacity as the local education authority, has also raised concerns over a lack of secondary school places to accommodate younger residents of the proposed new housing.
Business support and data officer Barrie McIntosh wrote in his response to the council's planning department that the local secondary school, Penrice Community School, was operating at above 90 per cent capacity and therefore the LEA could not support the application unless the applicant contributed towards the cost of additional or improved school places. A payment of £2,736 per qualifying dwelling would be sought to help meet the cost of increasing the number of available places.
Members of the public have until October 25 to comment on the plans on Cornwall Council's planning website.
To view the plans go to planning.cornwall.gov.uk and search for application number PA13/04231.