39 Dwellings and Associated Open Space in Camelford, North Cornwall

Bell Cornwell has secured outline planning permission for the construction of up to 39 dwellings at Tregoodwell, Camelford. The scheme will provide a high-quality market housing scheme in a very attractive location in North Cornwall.

This is a greenfield site on the edge of the town, and the proposals promote an outline scheme that responds appropriately to local character through the retention and enhancement of existing green infrastructure. The development will provide a new village green (which pays homage to the historic use of the site as playing fields) and makes commitments to high-quality open spaces, landscaping and ecological mitigation. The scheme has been worked up through a collaborative process, with the expert design skills of both the Bazeley Partnership (Bude) and Lavigne Lonsdale (Truro) leading on master planning issues.

We devised the planning strategy for this project which included a twin-track approach of progressing a planning application and engaging with the Town Council to try and obtain an allocation in the forthcoming Neighbourhood Plan. Through discussions with the Town Council, we were able to promote our client’s land and understand the Council’s housing aspirations. This approach allowed us to set our client apart from other competing projects that were being progressed within the town. Following this, an application was progressed taking into account the key themes that both our client and the Town Council wanted to see with this project – a well-designed, low-density housing scheme with high sustainability credentials putting high-quality open space and public realm at the heart of any development.

This collaborative approach has proved very successful for our client, as it has allowed us to secure a planning approval ahead of the site being formally adopted in the Neighbourhood Plan. Our client has also managed to obtain approval ahead of other competing landowners and developers who are looking to secure development within the town.

The success of this scheme is further highlighted by the complexity of the technical issues that have been addressed before obtaining approval. Key to this has been understanding both landscape and ecological sensitivities associated with the site. The site is within close proximity to the River Camel SAC, where Natural England have raised objections to further residential development because of current sensitivities with water quality in this location. Through detailed discussions and input from various parties, including the EA, South West Water and Cornwall Council (and through expert assistance from Code 7 Consulting (Ecologists)), HRA issues have been addressed and a permission has been secured.
The new development offers the following benefits:

  • 39 dwellings, providing a mix of one, two, three and four bed accommodation;
  • Provision of a comprehensive package of open space, including the provision of a new village green to serve the development and existing residents within this part of Camelford;
  • Provision of additional green infrastructure measurements, including the retention of historic ‘pavilion building’ as a ‘bat house’ forming part of the ecological mitigation associated with the site;
  • Secure public realm benefits through a high quality hard and soft landscaping solution;
  • Provide appropriate levels of parking, including electric vehicle charging points to meet air quality objectives in the town;
  • It is within walking distance of Camelford Town Centre, its services and amenities;
  • Includes road safety measures, and a pedestrian crossing on the A39 to benefit the wider community.

We are delighted to have been able to work on this project on behalf of our client, who has sought to provide a very high-quality development. The proposals will secure a form of development which will provide a future legacy that our client can rightly be proud of, securing much needed, high-quality housing for a range of prospective purchasers aimed at families.

To find out more about the project please contact Associate, Dan Rogers.

Bazeley Partnership/Lavigne Lonsdale
Local Authority
Cornwall Council
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