'We'll fight to defend our land'
RESIDENTS of Goldsithney have raised concerns about plans to build houses on one of the only green spaces in the village.
A patch of land in the centre of a cul-de-sac in St Petry has been sold to a developer, and is earmarked for four semi-detached properties.
More than 30 people attended a meeting organised by the St Petry Residents' Association to issue a warning to the new owner that they are against any development on the land, which they say they were "verbally promised" would not be changed.
Steve Rome, chairman of the residents' association, said villagers living on the estate felt they had been left in the dark by current owner Cattran Trading about its future plans for the site.
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"They promised a lot of us that they weren't planning on building in the middle," Mr Rome said. "The fact it would devalue the houses is by the by, but the children play here safely. It's one of the only greens in Goldsithney.
"We're not going to take a back seat and sit down and let it happen – quite the opposite."
Planning permission for 12 houses was granted in 1989, and residents were told in 2004 that the developer was happy to hand the green over to them, leaving them satisfied that no further building would take place.
This offer was never made official, however. Penwith District Council was invited to take on the land but declined, and it remains in the ownership of Cattran Trading.
A spokesman for Cornwall Council confirmed that planning permission was still in place for four dwellings to be constructed in the area, without time restriction.
Jeanette Hosking, a resident of St Petry whose children play on the green, said the access to open space was one of the reasons she had moved her family to the area.
"It's a lovely green and a lovely view; what a shame if it were to be ruined," said Mrs Hosking. "My children have grown up here. It was a major selling point for us; we wouldn't have bought a house here otherwise."
Residents have also raised concerns about the problems extra houses would cause to parking in the area, as well as the additional noise the development would generate.
Sue Nicholas, Cornwall councillor for Marazion, said she fully supported the residents and issued a plea to the developers to reconsider.
"I completely disagree with any development of that," she said. "It ruins the environment for residents. I can't understand any developer buying that land when there's an issue in that area."
Mrs Nicholas has agreed to take the matter up with Cornwall Council in order to assess what options are available to the residents.
Bradleys Estate Agents refused to name the firm which has purchased the land.