AMBITIOUS plans to build a whole new village on green fields on the outskirts of St Ives have met with a swathe of objections after they were lodged with Cornwall Council.
The St Ives and Carbis Bay Urban Extension proposal – branded a “blot on the landscape” by one objector – would see 235 homes built on farmland between Carbis Bay and Lelant.
In a letter to Cornwall Council, objector David Woods said: “This proposed development would eliminate a substantial amount of valuable green belt land currently separating Lelant from Carbis Bay.”
RLT Architects …. responding to concerns that the development would result in the loss of a green buffer, the firm said: “The land to the east of the site has statutory protection by various landscape designations; it is highly improbable that the planning authority would over-ride these.
“Furthermore, the existence of the West Cornwall Golf Club and golf course is, in itself, offering protection to this green coastal belt and thus the separation of Lelant and Carbis Bay.
Comment So another area up for grabs with the usual
excuses reasons put forward as to why its a good idea. Strange how developers argue that building houses will create a nice, green environment – much better that boring old farmland! Now the ecological value of farmland varies from place to place, some farmland, due to the nature of the land use and management practices, has poor ecological value. But that is never a reason for developing the land.
Agricultural land can be managed differently to enhance its ecological value. And we should not forget – building lots of extra houses imposes a high cost on the environment – both locally and globally!