14 January 2014

Today Cornwall Council has voted to go with the officers’ recommendation, reflecting the thorough strategic housing market needs assessment, for a minimum target of 47 500 houses in its local plan. The vote was 62-31 with 10 abstentions. The plan will now go to public consultation.

Actually 27 000 of the total have already been built or have got planning permission.

A Green/Tory proposal to reduce the number of houses in St Ives/Carbis Bay from the recommended 1000 was defeated; a Labour proposal to increase the plan’s number in the Penzance area was defeated.

The council voted unanimously to reinstate the requirement for 50 percent affordable houses on publicly owned land. Public owned land includes not only that owned by the council but also land owned by the police and NHS for example.