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The current designs for the new homes do not appear to be based on traditional Cornish architecture. Have the housing designs been agreed or is there an opportunity to make representations / changes?

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The design code submitted with the application is, like all the documents submitted at this stage of the planning process, subject to comment /discussion and change.

The proposed development involves an increase in density across parts of the site consistent with the Council’s policy to promote sustainability and reduce the pressure on loss of further greenfield land. The highest densities are linked to proposals for specific uses, such as student or extra care accommodation, and are focused along the route of the NAR with the best access to public transport, with lower densities on the rural edge of the site.

The Design code has been developed following detailed analysis and understanding of the site, and its specific character and features. This has led to the development of a framework for future development. This will work with the natural slope of the site, retaining the structure of the existing field boundaries and using the quiet and green lanes to help develop a structure for the site that responds to and respects its sense of place. 

The objective of the Design code is to promote better quality design which responds positively to the area and introduces opportunities for greater sustainability. The approach set out does take, and use, lessons from the past, looking at how similar topography and areas have developed in both Truro and Cornwall, as well as learning lessons and taking inspiration from further afield. The objective is to promote better quality but still affordable design and to inspire a greater focus on sustainability of the new community.

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