A last-ditch attempt to stop mass house building in Cornwall by Camborne-based Trelawney Alliance
A CAMPAIGN group against mass house building in Cornwall has made a last-ditch attempt to stop the 'destruction of Cornwall'.
Camborne-based Trelawney Alliance has called for a halt to the 49,000 homes proposed for the county next week.
On December 11 Cornwall Council will decide on its housing target for the next 20 years.
The pressure group says the figure is too high, unnecessary, unsustainable and supports inward migration.
Chairman Jean Charman, who is also Camborne town mayor, said: "While planning officers are proposing the 49,000 target there is another figure of 38,000 on the table and Cornwall councillors will be given the opportunity to vote on this lower number.
"We are urging local people to contact their councillors and ask them to support the lower number when they vote next week.
"It is our belief that the vastly inflated housing numbers produced by the Home Choice Register are being used to justify the mass house build that will eventually destroy the uniqueness that defines Cornwall."
Cornwall councillor for Camborne west Dave Biggs, who is also on the council's planning advisory, confirmed the majority of panel members supported the lower housing figure in September.
He added: "We clearly showed that there were viable and sensible reasons for choosing the lower figure.
"Where communities want and can support higher growth they should be permitted but it does allow places like Camborne, Pool and Redruth to ensure that brownfield sites are used first."
Trelawney Alliance said the group recognises the need for affordable homes to rent or buy for local people.
Secretary Gaynor Hingston added: "Much of the need would be fulfilled if the thousands of planning permissions already granted were completed."