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MK opposition to "eco-community" not supported by Inspector
Mebyon Kernow councillors from the China Clay Area have described themselves as “extremely disappointed” that the Inspector into the Local has rejected calls for the so-called “eco-community” for West Carclaze & Baal to be removed from the document.

The Inspector has just released his “Schedule of Post Hearing Changes for Consultation.” This sets out the changes that he deems necessary to make the Plan Plan – Cornwall’s planning blueprint for the future – “sound” in the eyes of central government, and follows the second session of the Examination in Public (EiP) which took place in May.

These changes will soon be published for consultation, prior to the Inspector finalising his final report to the unitary authority.

In a joint statement, Cllr Matt Luke (Penwithick & Boscoppa) and Cllr Dick Cole (St Enoder) said:

Matt Luke at the site of the eco-community“We have been persistent opponents of the ‘eco-community’ for many years and, along with Treverbyn Parish Council, made detailed representations to the recent Examination in Public, challenging the Inspector to remove the scheme from the Local Plan.

“It is our view that this is an inappropriate development for a host of reasons and does not have local support.

“We are therefore extremely disappointed that the Inspector did not listen to the views of local objectors and has rejected our calls for the ‘eco-community’ to be removed from the document.”

In the Inspector’s “Schedule of Post Hearing Changes for Consultation,” he supported the provision of 2,000 new properties within the “eco-communities” (1,500 at West Carclaze & Baal, and 500 at Par Docks), but also took the view that within the Plan period (to 2030) only 1,200 units are likely to be delivered (namely 900 at West Carclaze & Baal, and 500 at Par Docks).

He also added that the “final scale and capacity of these proposals should be confirmed through the Site Allocations Plan,” and “if proposals have failed to progress sufficiently towards delivery within two years of adoption of the Local Plan this area of the Plan will be reviewed to consider redistribution of the housing apportionment.”

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Published on 22nd June 2016.

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