Need for new St Erth housing has been proved, developer insists
PLANS have been drawn up for a new affordable housing scheme in St Erth.
Trewearne Developments Ltd will this week submit plans to Cornwall Council for six affordable houses and four for sale on the open market, on a site in Chenhalls Road.
If permission is granted, the company says, it aims to complete building work within six months.
Plans were submitted to Cornwall Council for approval in 2011 but rejected, with councillors ruling that Trewearne Developments needed to demonstrate that was a significant need for affordable housing in the area.
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Roger Wearne, a director of the firm, said his aim was to provide houses that would help to keep Cornish people in Cornwall.
"So many people live in sub-standard accommodation or with their parents," he said.
"We can provide affordable houses for them. We've had interest from nurses, teachers and other professionals.
"We've done a viability test and proved the need."
The scheme would not give the area more housing than it needed, he said, and working in conjunction with Abode Property Agents the developer had established that the number of people wishing to buy a house in the development exceeded the number of properties it which it would contain.
Those eligible to buy the affordable properties would include people who currently live in St Erth or have close family links to the parish.
When proposals for the site were initially submitted to Cornwall Council more than 30 objections were registered.
Ted Taylor, chairman of St Erth Parish Council, said the council had yet to be fully consulted about the development this time around.
"The parish council is aware that estate agents, who are acting on behalf of the landowner, have been advertising in St Erth and in neighbouring parishes a proposed scheme for 10 houses, some of which are affordable, but the parish council has not yet been consulted formally," he said.
"If an application is submitted to Cornwall Council then the parish council will be consulted."
Details of this and other current applications can be seen on the council website at http://planning.cornwall.gov.uk/ online-applications