It has been a long day at Cornwall Council and one dominated by planning matters.
Along with over twenty members of Mebyon Kernow, I was pleased to be present at the launch of the “Our Cornwall” pressure group at New County Hall.
The group is opposing the construction of 48,000 housing units over the next 20 years, which it states will lead to “massive estates on green field sites, soulless car-dependent suburbs, more traffic congestion, more pollution, declining town centres, irreversible environmental damage and significant loss of increasingly valuable agricultural land.”
A spokesman for the group delivered a letter from 43 Cornish organizations, including Mebyon Kernow, to the Chairman of Cornwall Council.
Meanwhile, in the meeting of the Strategic Planning Committee, councillors threw out plans for 300 new houses in St Austell. The development had been opposed by over 1,600 people and St Austell Town Council was represented by MK councillor Derek Collins while Cllr Neil Plummer strongly spoke out against the development.
As for myself, I have been preparing for tomorrow’s meeting of the Planning Policy Panel, which I will be chairing. We will be debating the Cornwall Council’s housing target for 2010-2030 and I will be arguing for a lower figure. The recommendation of the Panel will then go the Cabinet and then the whole of the Council.