Housing plan for crime boss Jack Harvey's family land
A HOUSING development could be built on land belonging to the family of notorious crime boss Jack Harvey, who was ordered to pay back millions of pounds by the courts.
His family business JFL Harvey Ltd is trying to get planning permission for 66 homes at Buckshead on the Newquay Road.
Harvey was ordered to pay back more than £2.25 million after being jailed for arson and handling stolen goods.
And a councillor has warned the development could be one of many to the east of Truro following the successful application to build a Waitrose store and a park-and-ride at the top of Tregolls Road.
The four-acre development site is largely in the south-eastern corner of the land which is owned by the Harvey family near Polwhele.
The planning documents, submitted by agent Stephen Payne Planning, state the Harveys aimed to continue operating their plant hire business from part of the site.
Police and officers from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs and the Environment Agency swooped on Harvey's plant hire compound in May 2009, and Harvey was jailed in 2010 after being found guilty of a series of arson attacks carried out on rival firms' vehicles.
In April of this year Judge Christopher Elwen ordered Harvey to pay back £2,275,450 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
This followed an order made in September 2010 that Harvey should pay £800,000 in compensation to the insurers of the rival firms which had been targeted by the arson attacks.
At the time Jo Martin, Harvey's barrister, told the court: "There is going to have to be a sale of the whole business."
In response to questions by the West Briton this week, a woman who claimed to be a family member replied: "Mind your own business."
The pre-application planning documents state: "It is now recognised by the council ... that it is appropriate for some growth to take place on the eastern side of the city."
Bert Biscoe, Cornwall councillor for Truro Moresk, campaigned against the application by Cornwall Council and the Duchy of Cornwall to build a shopping, housing and transport development.
"I warned that the Waitrose deal would set the precedent for unlocking the swathe of land between the A390 and the railway line all the way down to Tresillian," he said.
"For the first time applicants will be able to quote a consent for 100 houses on Duchy land."