Young people ‘frustrated’ after affordable homes turned down in Falmouth
YOUNG people looking to buy their first house are ‘frustrated’ and ‘disappointed’ after plans for 80 affordable homes in Falmouth have been refused – one of which was turned down for the second time.
Plans for almost 200 homes in the Falmouth area, which included the 80 affordable houses, were refused by Cornwall Council at the west sub-area planning committee meeting on Monday.
Cornwall Council members said that both schemes would both take up valuable agricultural land and harm the appearance of the areas.
The plans were for 153 homes off Bickland Water Road in Falmouth – submitted by Midas Commercial Developments – and 42 homes on Goldmartin Fields in Mawnan Smith – by Westcountry Land.
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Peter Tully was born in Mawnan Smith, but has since moved into Falmouth.
The 30-year-old was one of more than 1,200 people who registered to buy an affordable house in the Falmouth area.
Mr Tully wants to move into Mawnan with his girlfriend Rebecca Eddy.
He said: “This affordable housing scheme would have allowed me the chance to move back to my roots, and integrate again with Mawnan life.
“In a perfect world people brought up in the village would be able to buy a house to raise a family in within the village, however things aren’t perfect when it comes to housing, wages, mortgages and living where you want.
“Over the last 30 years house prices have increased dramatically, without wages matching the increase.
“It’s quite surprising that it has been rejected. It’s frustrating.”
In a letter to the planning committee in support of the application, Mr Tully wrote: “The chance to move back to a house in the village and this field would mean a lot to me.
“It would provide a stepping stone for the current generation of Mawnan Smith to stay in the village. The average age of the population of Mawnan is going up all the time, please allow an opportunity for people like me to stay in the community.”
Another local man, 22-year-old George Whitbread, has been living at his parents’ house with his girlfriend for the past year because they cannot afford high rents.
He attended the planning meeting on Monday.
“I was quite shocked that they turned it down for the second time,” he said.
“After the first meeting the housing company went away and dealt with all the issues.
“I just could not belive what was going on. They were just trying to pick holes in anything they could find. It was really disappointing.”
Emma Taynton-Young, from Fireproof PR which represents both developers, also attended Monday’s meeting, said: “It was shocking. They all sat their and ignored the advice of the planning officer, denied the need for affordable homes and then claimed there were better sites in the village.”