Concerns over Fowey housing development on greenfield site

A new development of 46 homes in Fowey has been given outline planning permission despite concerns that it is on a greenfield site.

The homes could be built on a site off one of the main roads into the coastal town and half the properties would be affordable.

However the site sits in an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) and there had been a number of objections from local people and the unit which manages AONB sites in Cornwall.

The application was approved by Cornwall Council’s central sub-area planning committee when it met on Tuesday. A report to the committee stated that the development was considered to be “rounding-off” as there are homes to the south and homes across the road opposite the site.

AONB unit staff had registered an objection to the plans as did Fowey Town Council. But committee member, John Fitter, said the entire area in and around Fowey is an AONB and the town “has to be allowed to develop”.