A DEVELOPER can move forward with plans to build 46 new homes in Callington after a reserved matters application was approved by the local authority.

Planning permission was granted on appeal to the local applicants J and W Capital Ltd in 2017 for the development at Moss Side in the town.

Now the detail of the scheme, such as the design of the homes, the materials to be used and the landscaping, has been given the seal of approval by Cornwall Council.

The new development will be located on the north eastern edge of Callington off the Tavistock Road (A390). Fourteen of the properties will be affordable, with a mixture of rented and share ownership homes.

Vehicular access to the site off the A390 was approved in the previous outline application, and a new footpath onto the Tavistock Road is also to be created, as well as a pedestrian link onto Florence Road.

Callington Town Council had raised several concerns over the plans. Members felt that the location of the open space area was unsatisfactory, being remote to the rest of the estate with a lack of overlooking from houses. The location of the open space was also not ideal, said the Council, because it was close to the busy junction between Florence Road and the A390, which has a proven accident record.

Some of the houses are located next to a well-established industrial estate, the Council continued, which could lead to potential public health issues: the Council was worried about restrictions being placed on the industrial estate in future, as it is a valued source of employment.

The Council has requested that for every tree removed on site, three be planted, and has also requested to see the maintenance regime for the public open spaces.

Cornwall Council’s public open space officer queried why the open space on the plan did not include play equipment. He said that the open space provided on the plans was too small to meet requirements, and that the new estate would not be within satisfactory range of an existing play park. These factors meant, he said, that the plans were contrary to Cornwall’s Local Plan and to the Section 106 agreement for the development.