Penponds residents voice concerns over small housing development
PENPONDS residents opposing plans to build six homes in the village turned out in force on Monday night to voice their concerns.
More than 40 people attended Camborne Town Council's planning committee meeting at the Basset Centre where an application to build three affordable and three market-priced homes at Penponds Farm, Higher Penponds Road, was discussed.
Treve James, who runs All Saints Centre in Tuckingmill, told the committee about the impact the proposed housing development on a greenfield site would have.
He said: "We are totally opposed to this development and any development on greenfield sites in Penponds or elsewhere in Camborne or the rest of Cornwall.
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"Camborne, like many other parts of the county, has many brownfield sites that should be built on first, these are not only an eyesore to those who live here but to the visitors who come to see and learn about the heritage of this once-famous industrial town. This part of Cornwall has applied for world heritage status so it should not be surrounded by brownfield sites that have become areas for fly-tipping.
"It is very sad that a 92-year-old lady living in Tuckingmill has rats running around her property from the old Teagle site where there has also been numerous problems necessitating action by the fire and police services.
"It is present government legislation that brownfield sites should be used first so why are we building on green fields?"
He also talked about the narrow road going through the village, which he said was being used as a short cut to the main A30.
He said the road was becoming dangerous for parents taking their children to the village school because of the increased traffic.
He added: "The middle of the village is already flooded after heavy rain because of inadequate drainage and drains that have not been cleaned out for many years.
"We need further services in place to accommodate any new build in this area.
"The town council should be united to ensure that one of its priorities on planning issues in the future should be that brownfields sites are cleaned up and used before tearing up the countryside."
The group has also written to Cornwall Council's senior development officer further outlining its concerns.
The application was opposed unanimously by the committee and will be discussed by a Cornwall Council planning committee on June 24.