Pleasing response to 1,000-home plan
THE MAJORITY of residents who attended an exhibition for the proposed 1,000-home development at Broadmoor Farm, near Saltash, were in favour of the scheme, developers have said.
Commercial Estates Group (CEG) said 63 per cent of those who came along to their events this month liked what they saw.
The scheme includes proposals for a primary school, employment opportunities, a community hall, green spaces, improvements to the existing highway and a pedestrian bridge across the A38.
Matthew Tunley, development manager for CEG, said: "We're still starting to build on the eastern side because it makes sense to create a route through to the school site in the initial stages.
"However, we listened carefully to people and are pleased to be able to adjust the timescale for Stoketon Cross.
"We were really encouraged that 800 people attended this second exhibition, indicating how committed the local community is to helping us get it right and that the majority believe this is a positive step for Saltash and the locality."
Eighty two per cent of residents who attended said they welcomed plans for a new roundabout at Stoketon Cross and 73 per cent thought the proposed roundabout at the Carkeel eastern site access was a good idea.
Concern was expressed about the timing of construction for the Stoketon Cross access route and, as a result, the CEG has decided to bring this element of the scheme forward.
This means that construction will take place in an early development phase rather than four to five years into the development which was originally planned.
In addition to highways matters, 82 per cent said they supported the types and range of open spaces suggested.
Helen Hocking, chairman of the North and Middle Pill Neighbourhood Association, said Broadmoor Farm was the preferred site as far as her members were concerned.
Mrs Hocking said: "The site represents a deliverable and sustainable option for meeting all of Saltash's mixed-development needs over the next 20 years.
"We believe it presents the most appropriate option to benefit the town as a whole and we would urge Saltash residents to support this development."
According to the CEG, economic benefits include a construction investment of £125 million and around 400 construction jobs.
The developers said there will be between £13m to £15m annual spend in the locality by residents plus up to 1,000 jobs created via new employment opportunities.