Fight over housing on green continues
RESIDENTS of a Goldsithney estate are continuing their appeal to stop development on the green outside their homes – despite work getting under way at the site.
Homeowners on St Petry have been campaigning to save the village green since they noticed the land had been put up for sale in August.
Despite most of the estate's residents having been verbally promised that the land would not be developed, they said, they were shocked to learn that planning permission was in place for four residential properties to be built on the green.
Last week, as diggers moved on to the site, residents desperately tried to halt further work, which they said was destroying the only green area in the village.
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St Petry resident Steve Rome said: "It's a unique scenario.
"It's been completely irregular; plans weren't available to inspect when we tried.
"Two weeks later I got an e-mail [from the council] showing plans for four houses on the green.
"If someone put in an application now they wouldn't get it. How did they have the lack of foresight years ago?
"It would be nice to think we still stand a chance and that common sense will prevail."
Although planning permission is in place at the site, the developer which bought the green has submitted proposals to Cornwall Council seeking permission for four two-storey dwellings, which is an alteration from the original plans.
St Petry Residents' Association has issued posters and leaflets around the village asking people to support its campaign.
A meeting of Perranuthnoe Parish Council on November 8 will discuss the controversial proposals for the site.
The deadline by which objections must have been received by Cornwall Council is Friday, November 8.