Homes by oversubscribed school refused as ‘over development’

Plans to build up to 24 homes in a south east Cornwall village have been refused planning permission after councillors said it would be “over development”.

An outline planning application for the homes on land opposite Dobwalls Primary School went before Cornwall Council’s east sub-area planning committee when it met this morning (Monday, September 14).

It had been recommended for approval with planning officers saying that plans to include affordable homes on the site outweighed the negative impact of the development.

However the committee heard from village residents, the parish council and a local Cornwall councillor who all outlined a number of concerns about the plans.

Local resident Sean Jackson, who was one of 77 villagers who objected to the plans on the council’s website, said there were a number of concerns about the development.

He added: “Residents of the village are becoming development weary. People can’t see the requirement for more development when there have been four major builds. There is a great level of discontent over new development in Dobwalls.

“The school is at full capacity and the school doesn’t have the ability to expand.”

The proposed site for 24 affordable houses in Dobwalls (Image: Google)

Dobwalls and Trewidland Parish Council had also objected to the plans with concerns about the impact the homes could have on local infrastructure and services.

Cllr John Dunn said: “We are not opposed to further development in the future provided we have the infrastructure in place.

“The school is full and it is landlocked with no space to have further classrooms. We already have applications that have been granted permission for a further 22 homes around the village. We are getting to the point where the road past the school is horrendous at times.”

Cllr Dunn said the proposed site had also been included in the local neighbourhood development plan as not being suitable for development and should be kept as open space.

However the committee was told that the plan had not yet been adopted and so no weight could be given to it.

Jane Pascoe, Cornwall councillor for Dobwalls, also objected to the plans, saying that they would take away prime agricultural land and would have a negative impact on the village.

She said: “The adverse impact would significantly outweigh the benefits of this development.

“Dobwalls has not said no to development, it has taken delivery of 250 houses in the last few years. It had put a massive strain on the infrastructure and local services and it has changed its rural status to urban sprawl.”

Cllr Pascoe said that with no spaces at the local school children were already having to be driven to other nearby schools in Liskeard, sometimes at the council’s expense.

Committee member Jesse Foot proposed that the plans be refused planning permission saying that he had concerns about the impact on the school, the loss of agricultural land and that it would be “over development”. His proposal was seconded by Nick Craker.

Committee vice chairman Adrian Parsons said he had visited the site a couple of weeks ago and that Dobwalls was “almost unrecognisable” from when he used to play football there 20 years ago.

He said: “I can see where the parish council is coming from in respect of a great loss of greenspace. It would have a great effect on the character of the area.

“When we get told that the school is full to capacity – you could be building homes next to a school and then bussing the children off to Liskeard to get to school.”

The proposal to refuse planning permission was passed with 12 votes in favour and one against.

Cornwall Live