Perseverance Pays off for two major housing developments in Cornwall

March 20, 2015 9:01 pm Published by

Tetlow King Planning (TKP) is delighted to have achieved planning permission for two major residential developments in quick succession in two rural Cornish villages, after protracted discussions with Cornwall Council.

The first, a mixed tenure development of 52 dwellings in Pelynt, was approved after a delay of over two years caused by negotiations on the detail of the Section 106 Agreement. A previous approval on the same site achieved permission for just 27 affordable units as a rural exception site. The recent approval now includes a memorial garden to be adopted by the local parish council, and will deliver 58% affordable dwellings (30 units) under a model unique to housing provider THF Ltd., as well as 22 open market dwellings to be built by Poltair Developments Ltd.

The second, an affordable housing scheme for 15 intermediate dwellings for sale in the village of Connor Downs was approved at Planning Committee by a vote of 10 to 3. Objections were raised by the Parish Council regarding the need for further intermediate affordable housing in the village and the principle of development outside the development boundary. Tetlow King Planning’s success at four separate appeals that have tested this developer’s model, delivering affordable housing without subsidy, was highlighted in the committee report in support of the development. This scheme will again be delivered by local affordable housing provider THF Ltd., as an extension to an earlier phase of 11 affordable dwellings completed in 2013. Sale prices will be limited to secure their use as affordable homes.

In each case, clear affordable housing and housing supply arguments were set out by Tetlow King Planning Director James Stacey to convince officers of the merit of these rural schemes. The delivery of affordable housing in Cornwall remains a key priority.