Newquay estate looks set to go ahead
A PLANNED new housing estate in Newquay could finally be rubber-stamped next month – more than three years after it was initially approved.
AJL Ltd's plan for 82 homes on land off Wych Hazel Way and Elm Close was granted outline planning approval in April 2010.
But delays over the Section 106 agreement – money given by developers to build infrastructure to offset the impact of their development – led to delays, Cornwall Council said.
And the fine details of the scheme are finally set to be ironed out next month, when the application goes before Cornwall Council's central sub area planning committee.
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Some residents had expressed concerns about the estate layout and the application was called to go before the committee by ward councillor Dave Sleeman.
He said: "I did have concerns about some of the properties overlooking into others. But I have spoken to residents there about it and the plans have been changed; they now seem happy with the plans and I would be surprised if it does now go to committee (to be debated)."
Forty per cent of the homes will be affordable dwellings; currently there are more than 1,000 people in need of a home in the Newquay area.
The authority said it received more than a dozen letters of representation from residents. Issues included:
Concerns over access to the sites from Wych Hazel Way and Elm Close, with some suggestion it should be accessed from Trevemper Road
It would increase traffic dramatically
Local schools are already under pressure; the scheme would further add to this
Some homes would overlook existing properties
The revised scheme has been earmarked for approval by Cornwall Council case officer Stephen Kirby. The application is set to go before the committee on September 4 at County Hall in Truro.