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.
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!