A WAR of words continues in Porthleven over plans to build 60 new houses. The developer has hit back over claims by an action group which is opposed to the proposals for Shrubberies Hill.
Mark Rowe, of Trenethick Farm, and his family, have applied to Cornwall Council for planning permission to build on two fields off Shrubberies Hill. The scheme consists of 31 affordable houses and 29 for open-market sale, with an associated access road, parking and landscaping.
A group called Friends of Porthleven is urging people to object to the plans, claiming the development would “brutalise a local beauty spot”. It also accuses Mr Rowe of acting cynically by reducing the number of affordable homes from his original plan.
In an open letter to Porthleven Town Council, Mr Rowe wrote that he wanted to correct “inaccurate and misleading” arguments. He said the plans respected the site’s location, within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and that “while highways were a concern of many, probably the most emotive issue at the public consultation was having affordable homes in this location.
“It was made very clear by some people that they did not want affordable homes in this part of Porthleven. “The level of need for affordable housing in Porthleven has been questioned but the evidence from Cornwall Council is overwhelming. Many people have already offered us support but we would ask that people in Porthleven who need housing, or who have children or a neighbour in need of housing, take the time to write or e-mail Cornwall Council in support of this proposal.
Lets look at some figures!
- In 2001 of the 1610 houses in Porthleven, 125 did not have any residents.
- In 2011 of the 1753 houses in Porthleven, 324 did not have any residents.
- In 2001 there were 86 holiday homes.
- In 2011 there were 151 holiday homes.
- Between 2001 and 2011 the number of houses with residents fell by 56.
- The number without residents rose by 199!
Hardly surprising then that people in Porthleven are against green fields being developed! It’s not that not enough houses are being built, it’s that the holiday homes/lets sector sucks housing out of the residential sector and also pushes up prices creating the affordability problem!