Homes plan will go-ahead
THE SECRETARY of State is allowing a housing developer to build on a Mevagissey beauty spot.
In November, Cornwall Council granted Westcountry Land permission to build 31 homes (21 affordable) on a three-acre Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) off School Hill.
Mevagissey Parish Council asked Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to review the case but this week he announced he will not be overturning the decision.
He concluded that there are no sufficient reasons to call in the application and that it should therefore be determined at local level by Cornwall Council.
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"We can now deliver truly affordable homes to the local families of Mevagissey," said Westcountry Land director John Schuttkacker.
"The village's popularity with tourists has resulted in people who work there struggling to find themselves a home.
"The new houses will have a starting price of £71,250 and we hope to be onsite by the end of the year, with families moving into their new homes within two years."
He said the request for a review had delayed the project by four months.
Parish councillors meet tomorrow evening to decide whether to seek a judicial review over Cornwall Council's decision to grant Westcountry Land planning permission.