A woman is having trouble sleeping over a “calamity” new development which will obstruct the stunning views from her home. The three detached houses, which have been in the works for over a year, have drawn criticism from locals.
Bluejay Developments are constructing the properties where a small farm used to be adjacent to another farm in Rezare, Cornwall. It overlooks the rolling hills of the Tamar Valley Area of Natural Beauty (AONB).
Some residents were already tentative about the project from the get-go, but now they are being built, it has caused uproar locally, reports Cornwall Live.
Carole Porter, whose house is just across a small lane from the site, has called it a “calamity”.
Mrs Porter said the houses will now block her view of the AONB and claims the developers “sneakily” raised the roof heights in their final planning draft.
This, she said, means her view of the valley will be obstructed.
Mrs Porter said: “Everyone can see these things mounting up, we’re all upset in the village. I can’t sleep, why should developers get away with it?
“My beef was that we weren’t kept informed about it.
“The roof heights of the properties are suddenly about 2-3 metres higher than they were supposed to be.
“We didn’t know there was the latest amendment, which said the extra height wouldn’t affect anyone’s view.
“The three houses are now going to be in the way of the most beautiful views we have.”
A public consultation held in 2021 returned comments from locals who wanted to make sure the properties did not exceed the height of an adjoining property.
A design and access statement dated March 2021 corroborates this.
A brochure on Bluejay’s website shows the adjoining property being the same, if not more, in height.
However, to the dismay of Mrs Porter, when the metal-framed houses started to be erected – they were a few metres higher.
She said a builder told her this was because of rocks under the ground, though she contests the necessity of it.
The change in height had been added and passed by planners in August 2022, with many of the residents opposed to it having not realised the application was in.
Mrs Porter claims it was “snuck” by, and claims it is in breach of the original plans, not to mention against the spirit of what was promised to locals in the 2021 documents.
She continued: “They’re immensely tall, and they’ve just got on with building them.
“I watched looking at the floors going higher at first, it’s all shillet stone, they can drill through it.
“They’d have had to do site surveys before they started building so it seems funny to me.
“I’m absolutely devastated, it takes away my entire view. I
“know one has no right to a nice view, but this is amazing.
“I will now see a sea of roof right across the hill view I currently have.
“I wake up at 4.30am every day with this anxiety and it’s all I can think about.”
Fellow resident Ruth Herd claimed the second planning application had not been given to interested parties, and said she had put an objection to the planning committee for non-compliance with plans.
A Bluejay spokesperson said: “The land was purchased with outline consent for the erection of 3 dwellings (planning ref. PA18/01884).
“Following the purchase, Bluejay Developments held a public consultation event to present the developing proposals. Our consultant team worked up the scheme from the initial concept into a full planning scheme. This application received planning consent in April 2022 (planning ref. PA22/00002) after a statutory public and consultee process.
“A subsequent planning application (planning ref. PA22/03839) was submitted and approved in August 2022 in consultation with the case officer. This consisted of minor adjustments to the finished floor levels of the properties to take account of the ground conditions, structural and drainage requirements in building out the development.
“The scheme is currently being built in accordance with the approved planning consent.”