Threemilestone homes: Cornwall Council to make final decision

House construction If the Inox plans are approved, the 1,500 homes would be built over a 10 to 15 year period

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A planning decision on building 1,500 properties and other amenities lies with Cornwall Council, Secretary of State Eric Pickles has ruled.

The £140m development proposed by Inox includes a hotel, school and care home at Langarth in Threemilestone.

The plans, approved by Cornwall Council in May, were sent to Mr Pickles to consider.

However, Mr Pickles said there was not "sufficient conflict" to warrant his involvement.

The plans were sent to Mr Pickles following a petition against the proposals to consider whether a public inquiry should be carried out.

'Deeply unpopular'

A statement released on Mr Pickles' behalf said he did not consider there to be "sufficient reason to call the application in for his own determination, he has decided that the application should be determined at local level".

It stated his reasons for declining included the belief the plans would not give rise to regional or national controversy nor raise architectural and urban design issues.

Charlotte MacKenzie, councillor for Trehaverne said this would be a "deeply unpopular" decision with many local residents.

She said: "It's really important that we do meet the need locally for affordable housing and we know as a result of some policy changes the housing register is growing all the time, I think the concern is whether what's been talked about here is actually in the right place.

"I think the particular concerns about Langarth is actually the impact it will have on the traffic in an area that is already very congested and actually quite close to Cornwall's main hospital."

Under the plan, the homes would be built over a 10 to 15-year period, with up to 35% planned as social housing.

The proposal also includes provision for a 600-space extension to the existing park and ride, a pub and community and sports facilities.

The plans will go before council planners again at a later date.

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