An extraordinary meeting is to be called to discuss plans for an affordable homes development in a Cornish coastal town.
The planning application for 29 affordable homes at Chywoone Hill in Newlyn is awaiting a decision from Cornwall Council and would include flats, bungalows and two and three bedroom houses.
The application has been submitted by Jennifer Hawkins of Princes Street in Truro and is being dealt with on her behalf by Yanko Kondev of Mitchell Architects.
Located on disused grassland on the top of Chywoone Hill on the outskirts of Newlyn, the proposed site would also include new or altered vehicular and pedestrian access as well as a new public road within the site.
While the site currently has no room for cars or other vehicles, the application proposes the installation of 58 new parking spaces to cater for the newly built dwellings, should planning permission be granted.
An extraordinary planning committee meeting is to be held on Tuesday (June 1) at 7pm in St John’s Hall, which is open to the public.
It has been called by Penzance Council, with this the main item on the agenda.
Opinions from local residents regarding the application have been mixed, with many acknowledging that while more affordable homes are desperately needed, the current traffic problems, as well as road safety issues, plaguing Chywoone Hill would only be exacerbated by the development in their opinion.
Commenting on the application, Rebecca Farrington said: “They have referred to the hill as a ‘minor road’ but that isn’t actually the full picture is it?
“Anyone who has to drive up and down it every day knows that it cannot cope with any more traffic.
“The development will also not help Newlyn businesses as the site is not within walking distance of the village and parking in the village is virtually non-existent.”
Dr Anita Van Rooyen said: “I believe this site is not sustainably located due to the infrastructure of Chywoone Hill not being conducive to safe walking from the site to Newlyn town centre.
“The sections of the hill without pavements are obviously narrow and on bends in the road which afford vehicles restricted views of pedestrians, especially children.
“The hill has to be crossed two to three times to remain on the pavement.”
However, in a message supporting the application, local area resident Ms Hilary Roberts said: “I support the idea of homes reserved for local young people, so I am broadly in support of this scheme.
“With the price of houses being inflated by second-home owners and holiday rentals, it is almost impossible for local youngsters to afford a house in Newlyn.”
The Packet will be updating the status of the application once a decision has been made.