Carbis Bay housing plans rejected by Cornwall councillors

Carbis Bay, Cornwall Image copyright TIM PACE
Image caption The plans would have included 235 houses near Carbis Bay

Plans for more than 230 homes near a coastal resort in Cornwall have been rejected by councillors.

The proposals for fields near Carbis Bay included 235 homes, of which 40% would have been affordable, shops, a doctor's surgery and restaurants.

Cornwall Council heard there had been hundreds of objections from people living nearby.

The plans were recommended for approval but councillors voted 12 to eight against the proposal.

St Ives Town Council said it had "real concern at the increased traffic" that would travel through the village of Lelant and had expressed its "strongest possible objection" to the scheme put forward by Gonwin Developments.

During the meeting Councillor Andrew Mitchell, for St Ives West, said: "I am a full supporter of affordable houses.

"But, I plead and urge members to make the right decision here. It must be refusal."

Councillors also expressed concerns the plans would result in the loss of a greenfield site and agricultural land.

The RSPB was also worried about the impact of the development on its Hayle Estuary nature reserve.

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