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Penwith Housing committee Heamoor housing plans 1979


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This report is about the building proposal for housing on otherwise empty land.
Today Roscadghill Parc, Tremaine Close, Heabrook Parc, Nicholas Parc and Rosehill Gardens are built. Later (some 15 years on) Rosehill Meadows was added and later still Church View after the millennium.
A special meeting of Penwith's housing committee at Penzance this week decided that permission should be sought to allow work on the first 150 homes to go ahead.

At the same time it was decided, if the Government allowed it, that consultants should:
A Design a suitable overall scheme.
B Advise as to whether all or only part of the total are should be developed.
C Recommend a suitable "mix" of council and private homes, and
D Design in detail Phase Two for council housing development.

The resource committee, which met immediately after, endorsed the housing committee's recommendations subject to the appointment of consultant's and their fees being agreed by elected council chairmen and vice-chairmen.
Chief Executive, Mr John Moore, who called the special meetings, told councillors that when he first heard of the way the bogged down scheme was developing he wondered in view of its "chequered history", whether they should go ahead with it at all. But he quickly re-considered.

"It seems to me this is the only opportunity we shall have to provide substantial quantities of much needed housing in Penzance, and I also noticed during the election campaign that members are committed to an effective housing programme. He believed the solution to the problem was to get building clearance for the whole scheme, get on with the building in Phase One and bring in consultants to design the remaining area.

The Heamoor scheme was likened to long engagement by one Penwith councillor. It had been "shall we, shan't we”. “Will we, won't we" all along, The Rev. David Jasper said. "We seem to find so many thing to stumble around on and let it drift." He told Penwith councillors at a special meeting of the housing committee. But Mr John Daniel argued that a thousand homes were not needed at Heamoor. You are going to depopulate rural areas. “The houses in rural areas will become just summer lets."
Mr Donald Bray said: "The housing need is going to be conditioned by circumstances we don't know of yet. By all means go straight ahead and get these 150 homes in Phase One built But then let us see what we are going to do."' Mr John Sleeman agreed with him.

But Mrs Penny Elsden vice chairman off the housing committee said: "We should get on with it." And former chairman of the council Mr Bernard Hicks added! "The whole idea of getting this site was to design it.”! Mr Moore said a rolling housing programme was needed to make the scheme worthwhile. While building on Phase One went ahead, preparatory work on the total scheme should be progressing.

Mr Moore said that the ministry of Agriculture had expressed alarm at the loss of agricultural land in the Heamoor development. And it objected to the use of a triangle of land the west of Roscadghill Hill Close footpath, for housing. This would be considered later.
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