Cornwall Live – Housing development on Long Rock sports field could ‘double’ its size

Locals said increased traffic would be a nightmare

Locals have strongly objected to plans to turn a sports field into a new housing estate that would “double the size” of their village.

An outline planning application has been submitted by Westcountry Land & Homes (Long Rock) Ltd for a proposed residential development of 154 homes at Long Rock, near Penzance.

The plans include four one-bedroom houses, 49 two-bedroom houses, 52 three-bedroom houses, 33 four-bedroom houses as well as three one-bedroom flats, eight two-bedroom flats and five three-bedroom flats. There would be 46 affordable homes.

It also proposes 346 parking spaces.

The application reads: “The existing fields are currently not used for any specific purpose. In the past, this private land has been used for cricket, car boot sales and fayres. A pavilion associated with the tennis court, adjacent to Rydal, is also included within the site area, which is capable of retention and re-use.

“This parcel of land has been owned for many years by a local family and estate, who have collaborated to enable this development to come forward. The need for housing across Cornwall and here in the Penzance area has led to the allocation of this site for housing within the recently adopted Site Allocations DPD (countywide development plan), produced by Cornwall Council.”

The developer said the site would include extensive areas of public open space.

“The application scheme actually provides a total in excess of 107sqm per dwelling, which totals 1.65Ha (4.09 acres)and some 29% of the total site area,” it explained. “It is therefore fair to say that the proposed development is very sensitive to the location and creates a pleasant green environment for the future inhabitants.

“A combination of terraced houses, semi-detached and detached dwellings have been provided with associated car parking and private amenity areas.”

So far, people have left 22 objections and one comment supporting the scheme on Cornwall’s Council’s planning website.

Heidi Swaby commented: “I understand the need for an increase in housing but I wish to lodge my concerns regarding the drainage of the land to be built upon and the potential for local flooding once the development is fully built upon. I would like assurances that all measures have been put in place to negate and minimise the effects of covering a large area of land in non porous substances and the effects on the immediate area surrounding the development.