Council Approves Truro Langarth Development by Wafer Thin Margin
By chris_wasey | Thursday, May 03, 2012, 18:42
Cornwall Council approved Truro's hotly debated development proposal today, by a wafer thing margin of 10-9.
Cornwall Council vote in favour of Langarth development in Truro
Langarth Development Truro
This development, the largest proposed in Truro's history, includes 1500 houses, an expansion to the existing park and ride, a new school and a new care home. It didn't get much notice during consultation at Truro College, but it has certainly sparked opinion since...
Supporters point to improved transport infrastructure that would be put in place, a larger park and ride, integration with the Stadium for Cornwall (also proposed by Inox), £140 million of investment, 30% affordable houses (much needed in Truro) and assurances by Inox that they will do everything they can to minimise traffic during building.
Detractors, by contrast, have suggested all along that the development is simply far too big. Much of today's discussion has centred around the notion that the new estate would have a population greater than Padstow or Fowey. They claim that the increase in traffic would be overwhelming and that the short term investment would not equate to long term gain.
Although close run votes are not a complete anomaly within Cornwall Council, Truro's Langarth development has perhaps been even more divisive than most. There's more information on the story with our partners at thisiscornwall, but here's a snapshot of what everyone has been saying on that there Twitter using either the term 'Langarth' or hashtag #ccwebcast.
- @CllrAWallis: Close vote as Langarth outline application is passed 10 votes to 9 #ccwebcast It was a straight yes/no vote. I voted in favour (for the record)
- @DCAJason: Cllr Wallis says he has had more objections to a conservatory on his patch than the Inox application.
- @DCAJason: public speaker (in support) says Truro must move forward for the sake of future generations.
- @HarrisonMedia: Developers develop for profit. Fact that 35% of homes on Langarth scheme in Truro are set aside for affordable housing is bonus.
- @milesodavis: @lemarksmith Talking about the Langarth devpt surrounded by ANPR to keep traffic numbers down. If not Inox will face financial penalties. Traffic monitoring around Langarth will be "like Colditz"
- @HarrisonMedia: Very tight but Cnll planning cmtte approves Inox scheme near Truro by 10-9 vote. I, for one, welcome £140m investment.
- @SaveTruro: Developers friend in action again #ccwebcast
- @Saltern: @KernowPods Outline permission for development at Langarth - the size of Padstow. Yes we need homes, but we also need agricultural land
- @kimberly_0: RT: @milesodavis New estate at Langarth, Threemilestone will be bigger than Fowey or Padstow
Have your say.
So, where do you stand? A huge new development; a lot of jobs, a lot of traffic at rush hours. Good or bad for Truro?