22nd December 2016
By Graham Smith

Wadebridge Town Council has rejected plans for a 450-home housing development on farmland between Bodieve and the A39 Ball roundabout to the north west of town.  And by 7 votes to 2, the council rejected a proposal to support a 600-home development between Egloshayle and the Trelawney Garden Centre at Sladesbridge.

The council’s decisions mean the proposed Neighbourhood Development Plan is now more urgent than ever – as the two current applications can progress through the Cornwall Council planning procedure without it.

Councillor Tony Rush said he was particularly concerned about proposed access to the Church Park scheme at Egloshayle, which envisages a Pelican crossing to help pedestrians and cyclists get across the main A389 road.  “It’s a dangerous idea and until someone gets killed they won’t do anything about it,” he said, adding that he also had concerns about light pollution from the proposed new housing estate.

Councillors also agreed they would not support the scheme to the north west of town, fearing that a proposed “link road” between the Ball roundabout and Bodieve was intended to go through the new development, rather than around it.

The Egloshayle-Sladesbridge scheme, submitted by Progress Land, would be to the north of the A389 and

The Bodieve-Ball roundabout scheme

includes a number of infrastructure offers, including a health centre.  Critics have dubbed it “Wadebridge New Town” but planning officials have indicated that the views of local people will be an important factor in deciding if it should get the go-ahead.

Both projects are promising that at least 30% of the new homes would be “affordable” by local people, and although a majority of public comments recorded on the Cornwall Council website are opposed to the development, some are in favour.

The Wadebridge Town Council meeting followed decisions by Egloshayle Parish Council the previous day, to also oppose the proposed developments.

The Cornwall Local Plan currently calls for Wadebridge to take a minimum of 1,100 new homes before 2030.

The Wadebridge Neighbourhood Development Plan has to be tested in a local referendum before it can be adopted. No date has been set for any referendum.

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