Planning permission for 31 homes has been secured in Mevagissey by Westcountry Land. Cornwall Council agreed that the development can go ahead as it will provide “truly affordable homes” to the historic village.
Three acres of land will deliver much needed housing for local people. The houses will be in keeping with the character of the village and will feature slate and natural stone.
It has taken two years for Westcountry Land to prepare the case for planning permission. Concern was expressed by some members of the community over the impact on the landscape but Cornwall Council considered that the acute need for affordable housing outweighed the impact on the landscape.
Director John Schuttkacker believes that this is the right result for the fishing village.
“Mevagissey has become a magnet for tourism and for second home owners, resulting in people who live and work there struggling to find themselves a home. Yes, it’s been an emotional issue of developing the land but in this case there is a dire need.
Young families will now be supported in the village, ensuring that Mevagissey can house younger generations throughout the foreseeable future.
We are strong advocates for the development of more affordable housing in the South West and are actively seeking further sites in order that local people can stay in the areas in which they have grown up or work.”
Spread over three acres, the affordable houses in Mevagissey will range in price from £71,250 to £106,000 and some will enjoy uninterrupted sea views.
John is pleased with the agreed designs for the new houses.
“Westcountry Land has an honest commitment to quality of design and we use the Truro based practice CSA Architects. We will be incorporating expensive materials at our own cost and there will be no visible distinction between the affordable and open market homes.”
Mevagissey Bay View LLP is a special purpose vehicle set up by Westcountry Land which currently has sites across Devon and Cornwall with the potential for over 1000 homes.
Development is expected to begin in autumn 2013.
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