Westcountry Land

Latest News


November 01, 2016

Council will not support Falmouth Rugby Club plans for Menehay housing

Council has said it will not support plans by Falmouth Rugby Club to build 226 homes at Menehay Fields even if it will help the club financially. Representatives of the club, along with developers Westcountry Land and affordable housing company DCH, were at a meeting of the town’s planning committee to request support for a planning application on the fields which sit in the green strip between Budock and Falmouth.

James Instance, Falmouth Rugby Club chairman, told councillors that the club needed to develop the land, which it had bought for a new pitch before a public outcry forced it to abandon those plans, in order to help balance its finances. He said: “We own 20 acres of land we can’t afford to develop, we don’t wish to develop, and we are looking to dispose of in order to pay back our members.” He also told the council that building homes on the site would allow the club to purchase the Recreation Ground where it currently plays, which it currently leases from Cornwall Council. And he added that it would then be able to improve the ground, as well as the playing fields used by King Charles School at Tregenver Road. This, he said, would create sporting and community facilities “for this generation and generations to come.”

The council also heard from Melanie Brooks of Westcountry Land, who told them that they should pay limited attention to an allocations document currently being developed by Cornwall Council, which has not earmarked the land for housing. She added that a failed application for a nearby site at Pool Field had been overturned on appeal, meaning the Menehay development would be infill, and threatening the council that a successful appeal by Westcountry land could incur large legal costs. And she said a planning precedent had been set when the club was granted permission for a new ground there, while all covenants on the land had been successfully removed.

Councillor Alan Jewell questioned the club’s plans to buy the Recreation Ground, saying he had discussed it with Cornwall Council and they “won’t ever sell that site.” He added that the financial situation of the rugby club was “their mismanagement” and the decision had to be made on planning considerations, not on supporting the club.

And Councillor Steve Eva added; “I really don’t like people who come to this council and threaten us with costs if we don’t vote their way.” He also said that while the town needed housing, this development would increase the risk of flooding downhill, and added that while the site was in Budock, there were no facilities in the parish and it would place added strain on Falmouth.

Councillors all agreed that the rugby club was an asset to the town, and Councillor Vicky Eva said she was “torn” between helping the club and supporting another development with “no facilities for the community”. Mrs Eva said there was no provision for doctors, dentists, or schooling, but Councillor Rowenna Brock said 226 homes did not mean 226 new families in the area, and could help alleviate pressure on families who were in unsuitable accommodation. She added: “This is not ideal but compared to some developments that have come up it’s better.”

The committee was split equally over whether to support the application, and chairman Grenville Chappel cast the deciding vote against, saying: “I agree with the refusal on the grounds that the facilities are just not enough.” The club had sent supporters a prepared letter to sign, with the council having received around 50.

Posted on: November 01, 2016

Tile October 30, 2018 Concerns over Fowey housing development on greenfield site Tile October 29, 2018 New homes approved for Fowey despite concerns Tile October 29, 2018 Homes plan next to A30 approved despite noise concerns for poorest residents Tile October 23, 2018 Falmouth Rugby Club plans at Menehay Fields refused on appeal Tile July 16, 2018 Homes refused planning permission at Truro even though locals didn't care Tile June 19, 2018 Mevagissey votes for ban on second homes to stave off ‘ghost village’ Tile May 24, 2018 Plan for 46 Homes Tile December 04, 2017 Falmouth Rugby Club's plans for Menehay Fields have gone to appeal Tile October 25, 2017 Councillors approve yet more homes for Exminster Tile April 23, 2017 Judicial review against Council says Councillor benefited from decision he helped make Tile March 13, 2017 Belle Hill plans for 96 new homes receives "Conditional Support" Tile November 01, 2016 Council will not support Falmouth Rugby Club plans for Menehay housing Tile October 14, 2016 226 homes will enable Falmouth Rugby Club to upgrade its facilities Tile October 11, 2016 Developer says majority of residents support 226 homes on Menehay fields Tile August 11, 2016 Midas wins appeal for 94 homes near Budock Church Tile June 10, 2016 Falmouth School’s State of the art sports facilities plan approved Tile June 09, 2016 Menehay housing scheme would secure Falmouth Rugby Club’s future Tile June 08, 2016 Development would secure club’s future Tile May 02, 2016 Union Corner housing plans win the support of Falmouth councillors Tile February 25, 2016 Proposals for new Falmouth School sports facilities and Union Corner housing opposed Tile January 28, 2016 Union Corner housing proposals get positive response from planning officer Tile November 19, 2015 Public consultation planned for Union Corner housing scheme Tile August 28, 2015 St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double hails “momentous” Trewhiddle Farm planning decision Tile August 28, 2015 Potential windfall for Falmouth club after proposed development but residents fear further projects Tile June 03, 2015 Mevagissey development set to be approved Tile May 26, 2015 224 new homes planned for outskirts of Exeter Tile March 31, 2015 Plans for 42 homes in Mawnan Smith approved at appeal Tile February 05, 2015 St Austell town council votes unanimously to back Higher Trewhiddle Farm plans Tile January 30, 2015 Developer in 12 homes plan Tile December 30, 2014 Council’s bill rises as developers win more planning appeals Tile August 27, 2014 Is plan for 47,500 homes in Cornwall a countryside invasion or a solution to housing crisis? Tile August 14, 2014 Housing scheme on the outskirts of St Just in Roseland thrown out Tile February 26, 2014 Delight and dismay as Mawnan homes rejected Tile December 13, 2013 Businesses to reveal retail site alternative Tile December 05, 2013 High Court halts 31-homes plan Tile October 24, 2013 Plans for 42 new homes in Mawnan Smith refused by Cornwall Council Tile September 21, 2013 Plans for 42 homes at Mawnan draws dozens of objections Tile June 25, 2013 Plans submitted for 42 home development in Mawnan Smith Tile April 25, 2013 Westcountry Land gets go-ahead for new equestrian centre Tile February 26, 2013 Developer’s £470,000 for village school and crossing Tile February 15, 2013 Final approval for affordable homes at Mevagissey Tile February 15, 2013 Planners agree to 90 new homes for Cornish village Mabe Tile January 17, 2013 Let us build houses to help stop Fal pollution – Luxury Homes preferable to ongoing oil leak into river, says company Tile December 03, 2012 New £100m plan for homes and shopping complex Tile November 28, 2012 Controversial homes plan in Mevagissey gets go-ahead Tile November 19, 2012 New affordable homes for Cornish villagers Tile November 09, 2012 Homes challenge being considered Tile August 02, 2012 Villagers seek more say over Homes plan Tile July 13, 2012 Developers defend affordable housing Tile May 30, 2012 31 homes are planned for port beauty spot Tile March 15, 2012 Views sought on Mabe housing plan Tile February 29, 2012 Local opinion split over housing plans Tile February 22, 2012 Group to fight plan for homes on green fields Tile February 22, 2012 Plans unveiled for Mevagissey development Tile November 28, 2011 Homes bid for Mabe Tile November 17, 2011 Plan includes new affordable housing

Project Map

Completed Completed       Live Live
Menu button Logo
Truro: 01872 248758 / Plymouth: 01752 967616