THE GREEN light has been given to create Bodmin’s largest housing development to date, which will see 750 homes built either side of Priory Road. Cornwall Council has given outline planning consent for the scheme which will also include a 50-bed hotel, a public house, a community building and park.
After much debate the authority’s strategic planning committee accepted that due to the steep topography of the site, it would not be financially viable for developers to adhere to the normal demand that 40 per cent of the homes should be in the affordable bracket.
Instead, a compromise figure of 25 per cent, which amounts to 187 affordable homes, was reached, with developers Hawkstone 2000 agreeing that the scheme would include £3.2 million in Section 106 contributions, with £1.5 million going to local education needs and £1.6 million to highway improvements.
Cornwall councillor for Bodmin St Petroc Steve Rogerson said he was delighted the plans had gained approval. Mr Rogerson, whose ward encompasses the development site, spoke at the planning meeting and felt it was positive start to the planned expansion of Bodmin.
Mr Rogerson said: “This will mean more than 700 new homes for our town as well as a hotel and a local shop. “The developer is contributing to transport and education in the town and at least 187 of the new homes will be classed as affordable. “An important factor in the development is the provision of a new light-controlled junction into the site opposite the police hub.
“This entrance to the site will be used from the start as I requested, which means residents of the Gilbert Road area will not be further disturbed by works traffic.”
Mark Allsop’s Hawkstone 2000 submitted the planning application in 2012, but it did not reach the decision-making stage until last Thursday. Bodmin mayor Lance Kennedy said his council had fully supported the application. Mr Kennedy said: “I’m very pleased that after three years of working with Hawkstone we have finally got a housing scheme, which will be part of Bodmin’s future.”
Comment What exactly is the point of 750 extra houses in Bodmin? Actual housing need is not that high and most of the houses have nothing to do with meeting local need anyway!
Benefits – a local shop, hotel, money for transport and education. These will just go towards meeting the extra costs imposed on services by the new housing. They will not be net benefits! And where do people think the extra cars will go? There will another 720 cars moving around and in and out of Bodmin!
The ultimate result is that Bodmin will be bigger not better a pointless exercise and totally unsustainable!