Planners agree to 90 new homes for Cornish village Mabe

Proposals to build 90 homes on land at Mabe have been approved. Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee agreed to the scheme by Taylor Wimpey Exeter, Treliever Developments Ltd and Elstrad Ltd to transform a piece of greenfield land off Treliever Road.

It includes 60 open market and 30 affordable units (33 per cent), ranging from one-bedroomed to four-bedroomed properties. David Matthews, of Taylor Wimpey, told the committee: “This can provide deliverable family homes at a site easily accessed.

“If approved it is our intention to commence immediately, delivering within two years.” Architect Justin Dodge said: “This is one of the most obvious, natural, infill sites.” Originally 36 affordable homes (40 per cent) for rent and sale were proposed, but negotiations took place with the council to provide larger properties, rather than predominantly one-bed, and all for rent “to better provide for what is needed”.

Local ward member Chris Ridgers said the number of homes in the parish had increased by 15 per cent between 1991 and 2010 and this represented the same growth in one go. “This represents all the growth for Mabe as a parish for the next 20 years,” he said. Despite his concerns and objections from 17 people and the parish council, the application had been recommended for approval. Parish council chairman Roger Phillips said a survey two years ago showed most residents did not want the site developed.

But Councillor Jackie Bull said: “I thought we would have half the community of Mabe out and have protests but we haven’t got that.” Approval is subject to legal agreements for contributions towards education, public open space and highways.

It was agreed to ring-fence the education money solely for Mabe School. Councillor Mary May said: “I think the benefits outweigh the harm. Mabe has a price to pay, but we all have a price to pay when it comes to affordable housing.”