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Community Update – PA23/10211 – Land Opposite Salter Close, St Martins, East Looe

On 8 July 2024 Cornwall Council East Sub-Area Committee considered PA23/10211 – Land Opposite Salter Close, St Martins, East Looe. Looe Town Council were represented, and we now provide this update for our residents.

Looe Town Council is a statutory consultee for planning applications. The Looe Town Council Planning Committee met on the 13th February 2024 to consider this application. The meeting was well attended, allowing our local community to have its say. The Planning Committee unanimously agreed to support the vast majority of those present and formally objected to the application.

Your Town Council agreed to appoint a planning consultant to act on our behalf to put forward our objections. These included water run-off concerns, land stability, sewerage and the impact the proposal would have on the quality of life for nearby residents.

At the Cornwall Council Sub-Area Committee Meeting

Looe Town Councillors Stephen Remington and James Lundy attended the meeting. Cllr Armand Toms, Looe Town Councillor and Cornwall Councillor also attended in his capacity as ward member for Looe East and Deviock.

Our appointed planning consultant put our objection across succinctly and professionally and Cllr Toms highlighted problems with the proposal. There was also an objective statement from a resident of the Barratts Estate. For Cornwall Council there were presentations from the Planning Case Officer and the Sustainable Drainage Officer.

However, despite their reservations, the Cornwall Councillors who form the Cornwall Council East- Sub Area Planning Committee voted to approve the application with a vote of 6 for and 2 against.

We at Looe Town Council are disappointed with the outline approval given by Cornwall Council. We believe that drainage and land stability should have been comprehensively investigated and detailed reports produced. In our opinion the proposed 43 dwellings in this application does not accord with our adopted (May 2022) Looe Neighbourhood Development Plan where it clearly stated no more than ‘around 25 dwellings’ on one given site.

What happens next

It is important to note that this approval is for an outline application. A full planning application will need to be submitted and Looe Town Council as a statutory consultee will have the opportunity to review all the detailed reports that will be required.

Cornwall Council will publish their approval letter shortly with all associated conditions for PA23/10211 – Land Opposite Salter Close. Please click here to access the Cornwall planning portal.