Green light for 320 homes and major roadworks at entrance to Truro from Falmouth
More than 300 homes will be built on the edge of Truro after a planning battle.
Persimmon Homes’ plans to build 320 homes on the Tolgarrick site on the corner of Arch Hill and Green Lane were previously refused by Cornwall Council.
But the Planning Inspectorate saw no reason to block the application and has given the scheme the green light.
The project will include major highways works designed to improve the double roundabout at the junction between Green Lane, Arch Hill, Morlaix Avenue and Falmouth Road at the entrance to Truro from Falmouth.
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Planning Inspector Ava Wood said in her report: “The development would amount to a clear incursion into an area of countryside forming part of the open foreground and setting of Truro.
“Breaching the defined edge of Green Lane would blur what is currently a clear-cut transition from rural to the urbanised envelope of the city.”
The inspector also said, however, that there was a severe shortfall in housing supply in Truro that would be addressed by the Tolgarrick development.
She said: “It would make a valuable contribution to Truro’s dwelling supply and help boost its affordable housing provision.”