Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Upper Chapel inquiry - Day One

Day one of the formal inquiry into the Upper Chapel planning application is over. The inquiry is being held in the town hall and will determine whether Hallam Land Management receive outline permission to build 100 new homes on the edge of the town.

The original application was rejected unanimously by Cornwall Council, principally on the grounds of the impact on local roads and because the town framework plan showed that sufficient housing and other development could be provided on preferable sites around the town.

So far it has been relatively slow going, with only the opening statements and two council officers giving evidence. Proceedings have been slightly difficult with the lack of a proper public address system in the town hall and consequent difficulties in hearing for members of the public. Unfortunately, the town council wasn't made aware of the need for this but when they were it was fixed pretty quickly.

Local councillors Adam Paynter and myself, as well as Andrew Long from Callington who proposed rejected of the application when it was discussed at the strategic planning committee, will give evidence tomorrow. So too will the town council and members of the public who have asked to be able to have their say.

Huge thanks to everyone from Launceston who has so far come along to see proceedings in action. Each will be able to make up their own mind of the evidence to date, but your support is very much appreciated.

Day two begins tomorrow at 9.30am and the inquiry is scheduled to last until Friday lunchtime.



2 comments:

Eve Theobald said...

I am a childminder living across the road from the proposed development. It would make more sense to put an improved primary school on part of this land, with adequate parking and drop off/collection systems in place. And give the remainder of the land back to 'farming' A big part of Cornwall's 'industry'. Once a new school is built, use the old school site to build housing. The current proposition is folly and road maintenance is going to prove costly and disruptive. Access for buses and other traffic at school times will be increasingly chaotic and dangerous. Plans also need to be made to improve health services in Launceston to cope with the extra families expected to move into any new houses that will be built, as services are struggling to manage existing residents as it is. All these things need to take priority over new homes

Eve Theobald said...

I am a childminder living across the road from the proposed development. It would make more sense to put an improved primary school on part of this land, with adequate parking and drop off/collection systems in place. And give the remainder of the land back to 'farming' A big part of Cornwall's 'industry'. Once a new school is built, use the old school site to build housing. The current proposition is folly and road maintenance is going to prove costly and disruptive. Access for buses and other traffic at school times will be increasingly chaotic and dangerous. Plans also need to be made to improve health services in Launceston to cope with the extra families expected to move into any new houses that will be built, as services are struggling to manage existing residents as it is. All these things need to take priority over new homes