The proposal for 60 dwellings at the Shrubberies got the go ahead last week. ((36 affordable and 24 open market). The arguments for were that: The proposal will have a moderately negative impact upon the general landscape character of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in this location due to the siting of two storey dwellings on high ground on the edge of the built up area. The exceptional circumstances required by the NPPF for major development to occur within the AONB is provided by the need to deliver affordable housing in an area of acute need, where alternative sites are unavailable, deliverability-challenged and the potential for their development not fully assessed, but nevertheless capable of giving rise to negative impacts of a different nature.
The Affordable Housing Team support this application as it provides 18 rented, 9 shared ownership and 9 discounted sale homes in a parish that has over 200 local households on the Cornwall Homechoice register.
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!
Environment – it does not matter when proposals are brought forward if the land is AONB, agricultural or not. Environmental sustainability is ignored.
We know that the HCR is an unreliable guide to housing need. Between 60-80% are already housed. Lets assume then a need for 60 dwellings in the area.
There are 324 dwellings (one in five) which are not used as residential housing.
At current rates, 20 dwellings will be lost to the residential stock in Porthleven each year.
We know that the main cause of a lack of affordable housing in Porthleven is the impact of holiday homes/lets. Building more houses will not solve the problem.