Cornwall

Lanner Parish Council secures Redruth homes judicial review

  • 14 July 2012
  • From the section Cornwall

A legal fight over a housing development on the edge of a Cornish village could have implications for the county's planning policy.

Lanner Parish Council has secured a judicial review of Cornwall Council's decision last year to approve 25 affordable homes.

It has argued that the decision went against Cornwall Council's own policy for a so-called rural exception site.

But Cornwall Council has insisted that 25 homes are needed.

'Accurate' measure

The parish council has also said councillors based their decision on data from the Homechoice housing register which it claimed had exaggerated local housing need.

It said its own survey suggested only 12 new homes were required.

"No way are they going to fill 25 houses with people from Lanner," parish council chairman Ashley Wood said.

But Cornwall Council said it currently has 25,000 people on its housing register and the number with a connection to Lanner easily justified the need for the number of houses which had been approved.

Mark Kaczmarek, who is in charge of planning, insisted the register was an accurate measure of need.

The Cornwall councillor, who himself lives in Lanner, said the 25 new homes were desperately needed in the village.

Mr Kaczmarek, said the legal action would cost thousands of pounds which, in his opinion, could be better spent.

"To spend £6,000 of precept money when there are weeds growing up through the pavements and overgrown churchyards and play equipment that needs repaired - the parish council should really prioritise where it spends its money," he said.

"I don't believe, as an elected member for the area and a Lanner resident, that Lanner Parish Council is acting responsibly."

Cornwall council is consulting on its housing strategy, with a target of 48,000 new homes over the next 20 years.

The judicial review on the Lanner case will be held in October.

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