Plan to build more than 100 homes near Truro revealed
NEW plans have emerged to build more than 100 homes on a controversial site on the outskirts of Truro.
Developer LXB Properties wants to build 140 dwellings, including 40 affordable homes, on land at Higher Newham, the West Briton has learned.
A 1,000-home development was previously approved on the site but then rejected by the Secretary of State after local opposition in a bitterly fought battle.
It has now emerged that LXB Properties is planning to build on 15 acres of the 100-acre site.
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The other 85 acres would then be placed "in a trust to prevent further development", according to the minutes of a Truro City Council meeting attended by representatives of LXB Properties.
Matthew Taylor, from the company, told councillors it was working with Duchy College and the Cornish Food Foundation on the use of the 85 acres, which would be primarily agricultural.
According to the minutes of the meeting on September 5 Tim Walton, from the developer, "confirmed LXB had purchased the land from investors and their philosophy was to look at a better way of developing, viewing sustainability as the proof of success of some villages over many generations".
LXB said it was also looking at the possibility of including space for allotments for use by residents of the city.
Councillors were told access to the road network for the planned homes was yet to be confirmed due to proposed alterations to Arch Hill.
A 320-home development at Tolgarrick, on the other side of Arch Hill, was granted planning consent on appeal at the beginning of September which will entail a £2 million road improvement scheme at the Arch Hill roundabout.