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Local councillor opposes “eco-community” at MK meeting
At a recent meeting of MK members in the St Austell and Newquay, local councillor Matt Luke spoke out against the proposal for a 1,500 property “eco-community” to the north of St Austell.

Cllr Luke, who represents Penwithick and Boscoppa on Cornwall Council, told the meeting at St Dennis that Mebyon Kernow would continue to champion the views of the 1,000-plus people who had already opposed the development.

He said:

“The so-called eco-community does not have local support. It has been opposed by over 1,000 representations and two local parish councils, as well as St Austell Town Council.

“The development is masquerading as a brown-field development, but much of the housing would be on the few remaining green fields in between St Austell and Penwithick.

“Local people are also opposed to the continuing high level of housing growth being proposed for the China Clay Area, the pressures on local infrastructure, concerns about flooding, the impact on nature conservation interests, and much more.”

Cllr Luke also added that he did not accept the claims about the development being environmentally-friendly which he described as “Greenwash” and hit out that the developers (Eco-bos) promise of 30% affordable housing, if viable, which he said was “much less than the 40-50% they had previously promised.”
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Published on 4th April 2016.

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