The full letter was as follows:
More than one thousand people have objected to plans for the supposed eco-town near St Austell and I cannot understand how the Cornish Guardian can publish its recent headlines such as “Eco-town plans get support of residents” and “Public backs eco-town bid.”
Too much housing is being foisted on St Austell and the china clay area and this massive development is not sustainable.
According to Cornwall Council’s own figures:
- In 1991 the china clay area had a total of 7,541 dwellings.
- Between 1991 and 2010, a further 3,525 properties were built in this area – an increase in housing of 47%.
- The authorities now wants the area to accommodate another 3,000 properties (including the eco-town).
- If built, this would mean an increase in housing stock of 87% between 1991 and 2030.
This level of housing growth is so much greater than elsewhere in Cornwall; it is excessive and it is truly unsustainable.