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Clay Country councillors oppose eco-town at "West Carclaze"
Two Cornwall Councillors in Clay Country have reaffirmed their opposition to the proposed “eco-community” at West Carclaze.

Cllrs. Matt Luke and Dick Cole looking towards the proposed West Carclaze development site.
Cllr Matt Luke, who represent the immediate area (Penwithick and Boscoppa) said: “It is well known that members of Mebyon Kernow in Mid Cornwall have consistently opposed the possible development of land to the south of Penwithick for a so-called eco-town or eco-community.

Cllr Luke is however keen to hear from local residents about what they think about the proposal.

“A planning application has recently been submitted for 1,500 new properties on the site, which can be viewed on the Cornwall Council website or at the office of Treverbyn Parish Council.

“I have seen nothing which would suggest that MK has been wrong to oppose this development. But I would like to hear the opinions of local people, so that I can ensure they are fully taken into account when Cornwall Council considers the planning application.”

Cllr Luke is backed by Cllr Dick Cole, councillor for St Enoder, who in 2008 produced a detailed report for Restormel Borough Council, which set out opposition to the development.

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In 2008, Cllr Dick Cole produced a detailed report, which opposed the development and condemned the “undemocratic and top-down” approach of the-then Labour Government.

The document condemned the high housing growth being imposed on the China Clay Area – which, in previous years, had had more development than any other part of Cornwall. It was endorsed by Restormel Borough Council and the document presented to a Government Minister. Sadly, these local views were ignored and, in July 2009, the principle of an eco-town was agreed by central government.

Many people have questioned whether the development would happen, especially when the Conservative Party’s housing spokesperson said that: “Eco-towns are now dead and buried ... at no point will they meet their twin objectives of being environmentally friendly and tackling the housing shortage.”

But the Coalition Government and Cornwall Council have pushed ahead with a scheme for an “eco-community” at West Carclaze for 1,500 new dwellings.

Though advertised as a “brown field” development, a large amount of the housing would actually be built on green fields. The application also contains a wider masterplan, which includes an additional 300-plus dwellings that could be built on green fields between the development and Penwithick. And the amount of affordable housing could be as low as 30%.

It is also the case that application refuses to guarantee the future of the skytip near Carluddon. The actual application does not propose to remove the tip. It states that there will be “no change,” but only “until more information and other interests come to light.”
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Published on 9th February 2015.

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