Scheme to build 320 houses given approval
MORE than 300 homes will be built on the edge of Truro after a planning battle.
Persimmon Homes' plans to build 320 homes on the Tolgarrick site on the corner of Arch Hill and Green Lane, near the junction with the A39 towards Falmouth, were previously refused by Cornwall Council.
But the Planning Inspectorate has given the scheme the green light.
It will include £2 million of roadworks to improve the double roundabout at the junction with Falmouth Road.
Planning Inspector Ava Wood said in her report: "The development would amount to a clear incursion into an area of countryside forming part of the open foreground and setting of Truro.
"Breaching the defined edge of Green Lane would blur what is currently a clear-cut transition from rural to the urbanised envelope of the city."
But she cited a severe shortfall in housing supply in Cornwall.
She said: "It would make a valuable contribution to Truro's dwelling supply and help boost its affordable housing provision."
The West Briton contacted Persimmon Homes but it did not comment.
Truro's Councillor Rob Nolan said: "This means that we now have about 2,700 permissions for houses granted, but not built.
"People will find it very hard to understand how the inspector can say that although this will damage Truro's setting, we have an acute housing shortage that outweighs the damage this development will do."