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Homes Plans Gets Approval

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This is Cornwall – Thursday, December 16,  2010

PLANS for affordable homes in Mawnan Smith which had prompted strong  objection from some residents have been approved.Cornwall Council’s planning committee unanimously supported the scheme from  Smash Development for 12 affordable units and four open market homes on land at  the end of Castle View Park.

Falmouth-based csa Architects was appointed in 2008 to draw up a scheme for  the site.

It had previously been allocated for residential  development but a  restrictive covenant, which has since been lifted, stopped any schemes.

The scheme includes one and two-bedroom apartments and two, three and  four-bedroom houses. Each house will have a garden and parking.

The application was withdrawn and amended after the parish council and  residents raised concerns.

Priority

As a result, alterations were carried out to the layout to better integrate  the affordable and open market homes.

The planning department received 23 letters, including an objection from the  Campaign to Protect Rural England. Issues raised included traffic, density,  overlooking and development of agricultural land and the mix of home types.

But case officer Peter Gregory said the economical viability assessment  supported the inclusion of the four homes to subsidise the development.

The scheme is considered necessary as the 2006 parish plan identified  affordable housing as the number one priority.

There are 11 households registered in the village with Cornwall Home Choice  and five more have applied since this application was discussed at the parish  council.

First priority for the homes will be given to people with a connection to the  village.

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