Housing Association Critical Of Well Cross Planning Conditions

town hall windows signOne of the Council’s partners has criticised the Authority for failing to work in a “positive and proactive manner.”

Cornwall Rural Housing Association is planning to build two affordable homes in Well Cross Yard. In March, councillors granted permission for the properties, despite a long list of objections from neighbours in Lemon Hall and on the Strand.

At the time Chair of Community Services Cllr Richard McCarthy expressed his concern that any further hold-up to the scheme could jeopardise £280,000 of funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.

The plans were approved subject to further negotiations with the complainants.

But the housing association has now applied for five conditions placed on the scheme to be removed, suggesting these are “unreasonable obstacles in the path of this much needed development.”

They say the project already had valid planning consent and they allege the Council’s actions have been influenced by a fear of legal action by the neighbouring occupiers, rather than a balanced consideration of the scheme.

Conditions placed on the scheme include having non-opening roof lights, restrictions on the use of an internal gate between the two properties and the need to replace a tree in the neighbours’ grounds if it becomes damaged during the work.

Talking to Radio Scilly yesterday, the housing association’s Chief Executive, Peter Moore, said he was “very pleased” that councillors on the Planning Committee approved the application but was disappointed with some of the conditions placed on it after that meeting.

And he says he took issue with the Council’s Statement of Positive Engagement. This says the Authority has actively sought to work with the applicants by providing pre-application advice and negotiated improvements to the design.

Peter added that there’s been “no problem” with the support received from the elected members in Scilly, which he described as “appreciated and valued.”

He says the association is keen to get the project back on track.

The Council said they couldn’t comment on individual planning applications.

The CRHA has been the Authority’s partner for several years, creating affordable homes on the off-islands. They have also been identified as the potential developer of homes on the former secondary school site at Carn Thomas.

But Peter says he’s not been asked for input into Council-backed consultations, which could result in the building of up to 120 new homes on St Mary’s.

One Response to Housing Association Critical Of Well Cross Planning Conditions

  1. Suncream June 26, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    They get given land by the council and funding by the government, then they award the contract to a mainland building firm and delay the project to get planning conditions that the rest of us have to comply with removed. All the rent will go back to the mainland to pay their fat salaries. Talk about a free lunch. How about creating a local housing charity that is run by voluntary trustees and that employs locals?