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MK Councillors continue to oppose so-called "Eco-Community"
Two Mebyon Kernow councillors have issued a last-ditch appeal to the Inspector reviewing the Cornwall Local Plan to remove the so-called “eco-community” from the document.

The “eco-community” was considered at the Examination in Public on 19th May, when Mebyon Kernow and Treverbyn Parish Council made representations, but the Inspector subsequenty confirmed the “the provision of eco-communities at West Carclaze/Baal and Par Docks” should stay in the document with an “indicative overall scale of about 1,500 and 500 dwellings respectively.”

The consultation on the Inspector’s post-hearing changes closed last Friday (12th August), when Cllr Matt Luke (Boscoppa and Penwithick) and Cllr Dick Cole (St Enoder) formally requested that he look again at this issue and review the various representations submitted by Mebyon Kernow and others.

Issues raised by the two councillors included:

The lack of popular support for the 1,500 unit “eco-community” at West Carclaze & Baal, as shown by the one thousand objections received by the unitary authority.

The fact that the development is masquerading as a brown-field development, though much of the housing will be on the few remaining green fields in between St Austell and the village of Penwithick.

The extent of local objections which included the pressures on local infrastructure, concerns about flooding, the impact on nature conservation interests, the change to the character of this historic mining area, and much more.

The unsustainable levels of growth in Clay Country, which show that if the level of housing proposed for the China Clay Area was allowed to go forward, it would mean that the housing stock of Clay Country would increase by over 80% over four decades (from 1991 to 2030).

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Published on 22nd August 2016.

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