St Ives new village plan branded 'a blot on landscape'
AMBITIOUS plans to build a whole new village on green fields on the outskirts of St Ives have met with a swathe of objections after they were lodged with Cornwall Council.
The St Ives and Carbis Bay Urban Extension proposal – branded a "blot on the landscape" by one objector – would see 235 homes built on farmland between Carbis Bay and Lelant.
The plans registered with Cornwall Council last week also include shops, industrial units, a restaurant, pub and café, and even a sports field.
Proposers Gonwin Developments and West Cornwall-based RLT Architects have already conducted a public consultation and say they have made efforts to address the concerns raised by locals as a result.
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Objections range from concerns about traffic to worries about the lack of amenities, like schools.
St Uny, the nearest primary school, is already over- subscribed each year, and there is no school in Lelant.
Wider concerns involve the loss of such a large area of greenfield land and the loss of what many in Lelant see as the green buffer between that village and Carbis Bay and St Ives.
In a letter to Cornwall Council, objector David Woods said: "This proposed development would eliminate a substantial amount of valuable green belt land currently separating Lelant from Carbis Bay."
Objector Tony Harris wrote: "I believe that the public infrastructure would be unable to cope with such a development; placing undue pressures on already-oversubscribed dental, medical and educational facilities."
Malcolm Rae wrote: "This is an area where green fields roam for miles across West Cornwall and beyond, and will be a blot on the landscape.
"There are too many applications that are, at present, ruining this area and, if this application is approved, then this will be just another where a carbuncle of granite replaces green fields."
RLT Architects said in a statement that, following public consultation, it had made changes to the plans which had been submitted including allocating space for a new medical centre.
The firm also said it had made alterations to include pedestrian and cycle routes in the development.
It also said that, after speaking to residents whose homes will border the site, it had put in measures to mitigate the impact the development will have on them.
Responding to concerns that the development would result in the loss of a green buffer, the firm said: "The land to the east of the site has statutory protection by various landscape designations; it is highly improbable that the planning authority would over-ride these.
"Furthermore, the existence of the West Cornwall Golf Club and golf course is, in itself, offering protection to this green coastal belt and thus the separation of Lelant and Carbis Bay.
"Additionally, the proposed scheme ensures that a robust "green edge" is provided to the development area, as agreed with the council."