31 October 2016
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Work from WYG’s London planning team has secured success at planning appeal for 69 extra care dwellings and a new community centre in Falmouth. The appeal, by the Abbeyfield Society, was allowed despite the Council having a five-year housing supply and concerns over loss of open space. The earlier refusal by Cornwall Council followed an officer’s recommendation for approval.
The Council’s Open Space Strategy for the Larger Towns in Cornwall had previously found that there was a more than adequate level of parks and amenity type space of which the appeal site was one. The Inspector concluded that there would be no undesirable loss of open space. The appeal site was not required in quantitative terms as open space, sufficient provision would be made in compensation for the contribution it made to ball games and the Section 106 Agreement gave the prospect for attractive publicly accessible open space on the site.
The Inspector placed substantial weight on the provision of the additional residential accommodation proposed because of the acknowledged need for accommodation of this type in the area. The Council’s Strategic Housing Market Needs Assessment found that the number of people aged 65 or more in Cornwall would increase by 43 per cent over the period of the emerging Local Plan and would include a doubling in the numbers of those aged 85 and over.
Nigel Abbott, WYG’s planning director on the project, said: “The decision is very welcome and the scheme will provide much needed accommodation for older people in the Falmouth area, using space that is relatively unused. The detailed proposals that will be forthcoming will provide, as part of the scheme, well-designed and laid-out publicly accessible space on site that will maintain public access.
Sam Tabiner, from the Abbeyfield Society, said: “We are delighted at this result which means that this development now has permission to go ahead. WYG’s and other team members’ dedicated and hard work has paid off and we would like to say a big thank you to Nigel and his team.”