Doubts over St Columb housing plan
AROUND 3,600 homes could be built and 900 jobs created in Newquay and St Columb during the next 20 years.
This is according to a new blueprint drawn up by Cornwall Council, which will be put out for consultation in its final draft form on Monday.
Newquay's mayor, Kevin Towill, said that because a lot of the housing was focused for the Newquay growth area, this was an "acceptable" location.
"It is a clean way of having our share of development in Newquay," he said.
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"I certainly welcome the employment that comes with it, which is a must. I do not want to see Newquay becoming a town where they keep building more and more houses without including the employment."
Also included in the plan for Newquay and St Columb is 22,800sq m of employment space.
The document sets out proposals to have a total of 42,250 homes built across Cornwall by 2030, but a large number of those have already been built or are in the pipeline.
Deputy mayor of St Columb, Linda Heggie, questioned whether the town's infrastructure could cope with more housing.
Speaking in her personal role as a councillor and not on behalf of the town council, she said: "Yes there are people who need housing but where are we going to put them? Where is the work coming from? It is a very small town. The school is full.
"The town council are looking into the possibility of building a new community hub but quite honestly there is nothing else for them."
See page 26 for more on the local plan.