Wherever you live – there is a development in the pipeline!

News on It’s Our Cornwall’

Residents of Connor Downs are getting worried by the ‘over-development’ of their village. Their concerns were triggered by a proposal for another 18 houses at Treeve Lane. This comes on top of the 35 more houses (both ‘affordable’ and open market) that Ocean Housing intend to build in this field as phase 2 of their ‘development’ in this village.

The news report stated:

RESIDENTS in Connor Downs have raised concerns about the rate of development which is happening in the village.  Many who live in the area have come together to discuss their worries, as proposals for new housing schemes are frequently submitted for the village.

Roger Jeff, who has lived in Connor Downs for 36 years, said: “We just got fed up of the development going on. The school is overcapacity. It used to be a quiet area but they seem to want to turn Connor Downs into a town rather than a village. We want to really keep it more like a village.”    Mr Jeff said when planning for Treeve Lane was announced, at least 100 people were prepared to sign a petition against it.

“We are not against development, but it has to be sensible. Nothing has really changed in the village [in terms of infrastructure]. The idea of the letter we sent round was to see if people felt strongly enough to write to Cornwall Council and George Eustice,” added Mr Jeff.

Read more: http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Connor-Downs-residents-plea-village-village/story-20007498-detail/story.html#ixzz2ke3sVIbc

Comment  What is happening across Cornwall is that towns and larger settlements are allocated high numbers of houses – ostensibly because it is deemed more sustainable to build houses in urban areas – though this is highly debatable!

But at the same time development proposals are brought forward for smaller settlements, here the rationale is to provide local needs housing.    We know of course that numbers on the Homechoice Register do not equate to the number of new houses that need to be built!

So what is going on?  Why all the new houses?  Well it comes down to a bizarre belief that building more houses is good for us all – providing houses for those in need and boosting the economy.  But Cornwall has pursued this path for the past 50 years with no tangible benefits.

Its time for a change in policy!


2 comments on “Wherever you live – there is a development in the pipeline!

  1. In fact if you look at the figures which were in the proposed Local Plan for the whole parish area in which Connor lies, (which is part of the ‘rest of the Community Network Area’ – which also includes the Parishes of St Erth and Towedneck) they are actually quite low (approx 9 per year for the whole of that ‘rest of CNA’ area) for the period the Local Plan is supposed to be relevant for – but as you know the plan has been further delayed while Councillors and officers argue over the figures.

    The development that has happened in Connor is down to it’s existing designation under policy H-5 (a saved policy until the new local plan is adopted) in the Penwith Plan which was adopted in 2004 – its a historic issue not a ‘new’ problem created by ‘new’ policies of the Council.

    Couple this together with a general unease that the Homechoice register is boated with people who do not or no longer have a genuine housing need and the impossibility of accurately gauging the need for affordable market housing for people with local connections, then it has proven difficult to resist new housing developments in this area. At the same time as getting these new dwellings the infrastructure in Connor has not been improved so residents have been faced with more houses and families, more traffic, more demand on the school and very little done to cope with those extra demands.

    Until you and the bodies which support you put as much effort into building a viable and robust evidence base for the actual housing need (and no you can’t continue to ignore inward migration, the growing birthrate in the UK or the declining death-rate – they are a reality) and pushing for real infrastructure improvements for existing communities, as you do into decrying those who are trying to get to grips with housing need, then the situation will not improve for people who are feeling under the most pressure from development.

    • cosadone says:

      We do not as you put it ‘decry those who are trying to get to grips with housing need’, we simply point out that just building more houses DOES NOT deal with housing need; neither is the HCR an accurate measure of housing need.

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