Plans for new homes could be 'first of many'
A housing development could be built on land belonging to the family of notorious Cornish crime boss Jack Harvey, who was ordered to pay back millions of pounds by the courts.
His family business, JFL Harvey Ltd, is trying to get planning permission for 66 homes at Buckshead on the Newquay Road.
Harvey was ordered to pay back more than £2.25 million after being jailed for arson and handling stolen goods.
And a councillor has warned the development could be one of many to the east of Truro following the successful application to build a Waitrose store and a park-and-ride at the top of Tregolls Road.
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The four-acre development site is largely in the south-eastern corner of the land which is owned by the Harvey family near Polwhele.
The planning documents, submitted by agent Stephen Payne Planning, state the Harveys aimed to continue operating their plant hire business from part of the site.
Police and officers from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs and the Environment Agency swooped on Harvey's plant hire compound in May 2009, and Harvey was jailed in 2010 after being found guilty of a series of arson attacks carried out on rival firms' vehicles.
In April of this year Judge Christopher Elwen ordered Harvey to pay back £2,275,450 under the Proceeds of Crime Act. This followed an order made in September 2010 that Harvey should pay £800,000 in compensation to the insurers of the rival firms which had been targeted by the arson attacks.
Bert Biscoe, Cornwall councillor for Truro Moresk, said: "I warned that the Waitrose deal would set the precedent for unlocking the swathe of land between the A390 and the railway line all the way down to Tresillian."