Victory in 300 new homes' saga
WAINHOMES have refused to confirm whether they will launch an appeal against the decision to throw out their plans for 300 new houses in St Austell.
This comes despite the company's land manager telling one local councillor after Thursday's crunch meeting that the appeal would be submitted imminently.
When asked by the Cornish Guardian if Wainhomes would fight the decision of Cornwall Council's strategic planning committee's to kick out their scheme, Peter Crawford refused to comment.
"There's nobody I've found, and I have tried to find them, who lives in my division who supports this application," Poltair ward Cornwall councillor Steven Double said at the meeting.
Wainhomes' proposals would have seen housing, open space, allotments, and space for a primary school built on 35 acres of agricultural land behind Cornwall College St Austell.
The development had been recommended for approval by planning officers, but councillors accused them of turning their back on public opinion, as more than 1,600 objection letters have been submitted.
Cornwall Council officers said there was a dire need for affordable housing and they didn't believe 300 homes would prejudice the future growth of the town, but it was argued the application was premature as the council's Core Strategy is still being developed, that it would be on agricultural land, and there were concerns the sewage system and roads would struggle.
Stephen Henry, from protest group Sav Our Unspoilt Land, (SOUL) was part of the group which paid for an independent traffic report, showing the development would have a significant adverse effects, but Mr Crawford argued: "There are no objections from Highways on traffic or the Environment Agency on drainage."
The application was refused with 16 votes in favour of refusal and three against.
Mr Crawford told the committee, in relation to the objection letters: "There's obviously a high level of objection; we are aware of that, but compared to the overall population of St Austell it's actually very small."