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Public viewing of Heamoor Village 1978


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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.

THE LATEST information on Penwith Council’s proposal for a huge and controversial me 54 acre “village” at Heamoor, is being presented to the public tonight at a meeting at Heamoor County Secondary School.
The basis of tonight’s meeting is an interim report which has been prepared on a “master plan” for the development.

This site forms the last large area of land scheduled for development on the Penzance development map.
The first meeting with the public was held before any design work had started. In order to introduce the project in general and to give the public a chance to influence the form that the plan would eventually take.
It was now intended that further meetings with the public would be arranged at each stage of the design process for the site, which is bounded on the north by the Boscathnoe estate, and on the east by the Penzance Heamoor road.
Apart from housing, a number of “community needs” had been looked at, and it was intended where possible these should be included in the scheme.
It was hoped that the plan to be devised would ensure that any new development would compliment the existing village of Heamoor, and its newer existing housing to the west; would satisfy wherever possible the social, physical and environmental needs of the community and would preserve, and enhance the prospect of an already interesting and attractive area of the district.

There were many mature trees and established Cornish hedges on the site. The report says that these should be treated “with respect”, retained wherever possible and be used a positive guiding influences on the evolution of the master plan.
The existing village of Heamoor was only tenuously connected to the site, and ways would have to be sought of integrating and complimenting established patterns and uses. The newer and partly established Boscathnoe estate would have “an intimate relationship” with the proposed development.
Special consideration would have to be given to both public and private housing, and the possibility of providing a swimming pool and, or other sports facilities, an adult training centre, shops, public house, public hall etc.
Although it was intended that there should be both council and private housing on the site, the report suggest that the should be no specific zoning for these uses. Every effort should be made to integrate them.
Under the heading “design considerations and objectives” the document says that in any modern planning exercise, the separation of the pedestrian and motor vehicles should be to the fore, making life easier, more tranquil and potentially more interesting and pleasing.

“In recent times the motor car has dominated the lives and minds of men, frequently with disastrous results and in residential development this takes the form of vast, desolate, substantially unused areas of tar macadam , and the death of attractive amenity land pleasing and safe for adults and children alike.”
Where there were buildings for the use of the community, some attempt should be made to use them as a social nucleus or focal point for the new development. “Dual use” educational buildings would seem to have an obvious potential.
“It may be possible to use this shift of balance in the total Heamoor locality to link and unify the old and new community, the report goes on.
“It seemed likely that a “substantial” road would have to enter the site of the region of the proposed primary distribution road intersection. It is suggested that this should serve the entire site and should provide the means of access to all the new development.
This would have the advantage of allowing the existing Boscathnoe development to be terminated in its present form without being subjected to more use by traffic and would protect and maintain the quality of life currently enjoyed by residents in that area.
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