Can we handle the strain of new housing?

A GOVERNMENT inspector has given provisional approval for 52,000 new homes to be built in Cornwall in the next 14 years, yet I can’t help but wonder if the county can take the strain.

We have seen a progressive reduction in public services including the closure of community hospitals and it’s not currently clear how the owners of these additional homes will be catered for.  Will Treliske, with staff numbers falling through a range of cuts, be able to cope with the increase in those requiring treatment or will the level of service suffer?

I’m not aware off any new planning applications for school extensions to accommodate extra pupils, which will surely result in a rise in class numbers.  Twenty years ago new housing estates appeared at Pine Close and Trenethick Fields in Helston, followed by a further development opposite The Maytree Inn in recent years. However, no additional doctors surgeries have been built since the construction of the Helston Medical Centre.

Like many people, I wouldn’t argue against additional housing if there is a genuine need. Yet it’s also vital that our government invest in the supporting infrastructure and services for the proposed new homes to ensure nobody suffers.

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