Friday, 17 May 2013

Application for 100 new homes off Upper Chapel

An application has been submitted for 100 new homes off Upper Chapel in Launceston. This is the scheme that was advertised at a public consultation session in the town hall a few months ago.

You can view the details of the proposal on the council's online planning register here (use the code PA13/04056 if needed.)

Although I cannot give a definitive view until I have seen and studied all the application documents, I am hugely concerned about this proposal. The local community looked at the potential for development in all areas surrounding the town as part of the Town Framework plan. Various areas were ruled out for good planning reasons. One of the areas considered was the land off Upper Chapel. This was ruled out because of concerns over highways and access issues as well as being outside the town's development boundary. We did not think that Moorland Road and St Johns Road, or Meadowside and Western Terrace could cope with the additional traffic that would be generated by a new scheme.

Instead, the framework plan recommended the area south of the Link road and around Stourscombe for further development.

Nobody can stop a developer making a planning application for any area - regardless of what is proposed or who owns the site. But I would hope that, when the town and surrounding parishes have been through the process of agreeing a form framework plan, Cornwall Council's planners will take the wishes and needs of the community into account when making their decision.

3 comments:

Clare Roberts said...

I'm not too keen on this. There are enough houses around for sale and plenty of other areas of Launceston which are more accessible where planning is already going through. Access to this area is limited and the roads are narrow.

Roo said...

Hadd flyer through letterbox on sunday 2 june regarding a meeting to oppose this planning, view it online, what a joke due to high demand the page is unavailable, well done planning website not very helpful if you can't go to the meeting and this is the only way to voice your opinion

NewHomesinUK said...

Developers and councils would be better concentrating on regenerating empty houses and old commercial buildings, not building on green fields.