Cornwall Council to discuss parking, homes and infrastructure

From Cornwall Council:

Homes, parking, infrastructure and electoral divisions are on the agenda for the next full Council meeting to be held at 10.30am on Tuesday 10 July 2018.

Matters up for discussion include the purchase of a development site at Langarth Farm in Truro so the Council can take a lead in its development, long-term plans for the future of parking in Cornwall, and a levy on commercial development to raise funds for community infrastructure.

The agenda includes a Cabinet recommendation that the Council purchases land at Langarth Farm to bring forward the development of a high-quality housing scheme of 154 homes and set the tone for the further development of the area.  If the proposal goes ahead, the Council will seek to amend the planning permission already in place to significantly improve the development, which would be led by the Council and would be made up of a mixture of housing types, including a significant proportion of affordable housing and also housing owned by the Council and rented at market rents.

Councillors will also consider proposals to upgrade technology so that car park users can pay on exit and book a space in advance, allowing people to spend more time in town centres.  Improving the technology in the busiest car parks would free up enforcement officers to tackle on-street parking issues too. The plans aim to address the views of residents and businesses, as well as reflect best practice from other local authorities and industry experts.

Along with Langarth Farm and parking, the Council is considering introducing a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) that will apply to planning applications approved from 1 January 2019.  The Levy would raise funds from new housing and commercial developments and would be spent on a wide range of infrastructure projects to help communities address the impact of development in Cornwall.  Developers will get certainty upfront about the charges they will have to contribute to infrastructure and facilities to support the growth of communities.

Members will also be considering an interim report from the Electoral Review Panel on the Council’s response to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) draft proposals for a new pattern of electoral divisions in Cornwall.

Members of the public are welcome to attend full Council meetings in person at New County Hall or can watch the meeting via a live webcast.

Members of the public can also submit questions no later than midday two clear working days before the meeting.


  • Tony A Woolven says:

    The council may listen to public opinion, but they will take absolutely no notice of anything the public suggest or campaign against. I would like to put a question to the planning committee regarding the ridiculous amount of new build houses, the roads are jammed, a journey Probus to Threemilestone should take 15 to 20 min but now we go through 23 sets of traffic lights and it takes best part of an hour or more (wow look at the extra pollution), the hospital intake cannot cope with the extra people, the schools are full, it can take 2 weeks to get a doctors appointment, also find an NHS dentist who can take on more patients, this is just the tip of the iceberg, so why are they building substandard houses that locals cannot afford, I say substandard as they seem to be thrown up in a few weeks and made mostly of wood, which (1) is a fire hazard and (2) wood will rot when wet, these properties never get the chance to dry out, why keep building?
    So a further question is it possible that someone on the committee (not saying who) has a vested interest in these projects, maybe time to investigate? It all seems very fishy to me.
    In the past I have raised many of the above points with the council, but to no avail they seem to just ignore me, I wonder why?

  • Shirley Horn says:

    I appreciate the need for the council to raise funds because of government cuts but raising parking charges simply drives people away from town centres. Also older people are less likely to pay via smart phones locking them out of schemes to reduce the cost to local people. Perhaps a permit is required that can be applied for by post?

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