Community ‘begging’ for homes plan to be scrapped

Friends of Fishwick and St Matthews on the wasteland that they to landscape
Friends of Fishwick and St Matthews on the wasteland that they to landscape
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A community group is “begging” a city housing association to withdraw plans to build homes on a green space.

Community Gateway wants to build 16 houses and two bungalows at the former Truro Place site in St Matthew’s.

But campaigners fear the new homes would be in the “wrong place”, and instead want to use lottery funding to landscape the area.

Fishwick ward Coun Martyn Rawlinson, who is also vice chairman of the Friends of Fishwick and St Matthew’s, said: “The residents want a piece of open space on the door step. There’s very little green space in St Matthew’s ward.”

A previous scheme was approved for 20 homes on the site, but became impossible following the development of a United Utilities tank.

Now residents want Community Gateway to withdraw the application before it is put before planning committee.

Coun Rawlinson said: “In planning terms it is a brownfield site, but to local residents it has become green space and they don’t want to lose it.”

The area was given a boost of £1m from the Big Lottery, and he added: “There’s more than enough money to landscape that piece of land and grass it so they’ve got an open space there. Open spaces bring so many health benefits to people. We know we need more good quality affordable houses, but not there, it’s the wrong place.

“We are begging them to withdraw the application. They can keep that land and just hand control of it over to the community group and the residents.”

A Community Gateway spokesman said: “We have been asked to submit their suggestion at our next board meeting which we are happy to do.

“A full reply will be sent to the group after this has happened.”

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