Developers defend affordable housing

A DEVELOPER has launched a staunch defence of his plans for affordable homes in Mevagissey, following what he claims has been a “smear campaign”.The plans by developers Mevagissey Bay View (MBV) LLP for 31 new homes, including 21 affordable homes, on an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) accessed from School Hill were submitted at the end of April. They were met by strong opposition from residents and protest group Mevagissey Under Concrete (MUC) was set up. MBV said they now want to quash rumours their affordable house prices will be too high.

“An active action group has run a smear campaign against the development,” said Justin Dodge and John Schuttkacker from MBV, arguing that the application “will provide true affordable housing”.They announced their fixed affordable home prices to the Cornish Guardian as £71,125 for a one-bed apartment, £77,750 for a two-bed apartment, £88,875 for a two-bed house, and £106,500 for a three-bed house.  These are due to be fixed with a legal planning agreement. “There is an acute need for affordable homes in Cornwall and particularly highly sought after coastal villages, such as Mevagissey,” added the developers. “This is demonstrated within data collated from the property website Rightmove, which shows the average house price in Mevagissey advertised within the last 60 days are £169,511 for a flat, £214,334 for a terraced house, £215,054 for a semi-detached house and £378,978 for a detached.”

MUC member Martin Hopkinson, from School Hill, said the low prices don’t get around the objections raised. ”They’re endeavouring to make the affordable housing part attractive but it’s irrelevant because it’s a planning application on sensitive land,” he said. Mevagissey parish councillors said they could not comment.