Plans revealed for 400 new houses in Helston
PLANS are being drawn up to build about 400 houses to create a new residential district to the east of Helston, it has been revealed.
The plans include land for shops or community use, public space, infrastructure and access roads.
The possible site is six large fields, running from the A394 Falmouth road towards Trenethick Farm, between Rowe’s Lane, Manor Way, Forth Gwedhen and Barbican Close.
The land is owned by a company called Jackamax Ltd, of which a director is Helston farmer Mark Rowe.
Mr Rowe was involved in the controversial planning application for houses at Shrubberies Hill, Porthleven, which were approved last year by planners.
No formal planning application has been submitted in relation to Helston but the developers have approached Cornwall Council planners for pre-application advice.
A formal public consultation is due to take place once the planning application has been submitted.
The land is part of Wendron parish and Cornwall Councillor Loveday Jenkin, who represents the area, said: “I think it’s fair to say the majority would be in favour of it, if it led to the creation of a new road to bypass Trewennack.
“That might mitigate enough for people to support it.”
She added: “Without wishing to comment on any specific application, I don’t think we should be building on the outskirts of town if it is to the detriment of the town centre.”
The land has been identified as one of three possible housing sites in a new development plan, called the Helston Framework Plan.
Chairman of the framework steering group, Cornwall councillor for Helston Judith Haycock, said: “This was one of the areas that had been identified for possible housing. If we can identify large developments like this, we can get more from developers from planning gain. A large development like Hellis Wartha has paid for a new road as well as offering affordable housing.”
She said the framework plan would be completed when traffic data collected around Helston last autumn was finally compiled.
Michael Griffin, the project director for the new development, said a formal application would not be submitted for several months.
“We will be undertaking extensive community consultation to help us develop a master-plan for the site before any planning application is submitted,” he said, adding : “The first stage is a workshop for local stakeholders to consider the development possibilities of the site and identify key issues that the plan will need to address.
“This will be followed by public ‘drop in’ sessions in early March and another round of consultation this spring, once we have developed initial plans for the site. We hope to submit an application in summer 2014.”