'Little-known' Hayle homes plan for St George's Road sparks concerns
CONCERNS have been raised by Hayle residents over little-known proposal for hundreds of houses on agricultural land.
The site at St George's Road has been acquired by developer Linden Homes, which intends to submit a planning application for more than 220 houses in the new year.
The land, extending past Penpol School as far as the Millpond area and Bar View Lane, is classified as grade two and three agricultural land and borders a conservation area and the designated World Heritage Site.
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It is expected the scheme will include a mix of market and affordable properties and involve Penpol School receiving two hectares of land.
Peter Pool, a resident on St George's Road for 40 years, believed that local people were not being properly consulted.
He said: "It's early days but people don't know what is going on. It's a hugely significant development.They are just trying to put a bunch of houses there but there is no infrastructure. They shouldn't even be contemplating development in a green field."
He also said access would be on to St George's Road and next to Penpol School, where traffic is a problem despite existing calming measures.
Mr Pool added: "There's no way that access can service an extra 200-plus homes. If this is passed it is leaving the rest of Hayle open for development. I feel angry, upset and fearful for the future of Hayle. What are we leaving for the next generation?"
Linden said it held a consultation with a small group of residents living near the site when it confirmed it planned to submit the application by February.
A spokesman said 600 letters would be sent to residents in the area to inform them of an exhibition of their plans on Monday.
As The Cornishman went to press the letters had not been received.
Emma Goodchild, who works at Foundry Fruit, Veg and Deli, wrote on The Cornishman Facebook page: "No one knows about it, it just appeared. No resident letters, nothing, and [I am] not sure how far ahead it is."
When asked about the lack of information, a spokesman for Linden Homes told The Cornishman it had intended to send out a press release after Monday's exhibition.
He added: "We consider this site to present an excellent opportunity to deliver much-needed new open market and affordable homes in Hayle.
"While we have held discussions with council officers and local representatives, we are now keen to obtain feedback from the local community as we seek to further progress our plans.
"We look forward to discussing our draft proposals with local residents and, importantly, receiving their feedback."
The company has submitted an application to Cornwall Council to confirm that an environmental impact assessment would not be needed at the site.
The public exhibition of the plans takes place on Monday at Penpol School between 3.30pm and 7pm.