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171207 | Presentation: Karen Goldup, Development Manager, Coastline Housing Regarding Proposed Development At Loggans Mill Site




The mayor welcomed Karen Goldup and she gave her presentation.

Ms Goldup reported that Coastline Housing had been trying to develop the Loggans Mill site with
CC, which had approached Coastline 14 or 15 months previously to see if the site could be developed
for affordable rented housing.

Funding of £150,000 for a feasibility study had been received and a full structural survey had been
carried out, which had raised some issues but they were not as numerous or serious as had been
feared. There was a large crack on the gable end, but it looked as if it had been there a very long
time. A problem had also been identified at the junction of the tower and the main part of the building
and only the roof trusses were holding this part of the building up. The building was mainly sound
and surrounded by scaffolding, but it was not clear which was holding which up and a specialised
scaffolding engineer had been engaged to investigate. An ecological assessment had been carried out
and some bats had been found in situ. Further investigations were to be carried out over the winter
to see how the bats were using the building. A tree assessment was also being carried out and one
large tree had been identified as being very precarious and needed to be removed. All ground
investigations had been carried out and no problems had been identified and a traffic management
survey was being carried out.

Karen Goldup displayed various plans of the site and the proposed alterations to the building on
Powerpoint slides (see Appendix C) and explained that two points of entry had been proposed to
minimise impact on the junction. They were working positively with Lidl to provide adequate
parking, however Lidl wanted to finalise agreements regarding the Falmouth branch before
negotiations regarding Hayle could be finalised. The proposed development would provide 16

properties in total: two flats on each of the four floors of the main building and two maisonettes
covering two floors each and six flats in the tower. One parking space had been allocated per flat
plus two spare; ten at the back and eight at front. The design had been slightly restricted due to the
nature of the building and Coastline had been in discussion with heritage officers at CC who
supported the proposals. The tower had been the most controversial part as there were very few
openings in the existing building; the general consensus was that a maximum of two openings per
floor per side was appropriate.

A public consultation would be held at the Rugby Club in January 2018 and there would possibly be
a display at Lidl’s and other smaller displays elsewhere. Coastline Housing hoped to submit a
planning application in January with a view to being on site in April/May, when the application had
been determined.

In answer to questions from councillors the following information was ascertained:

  • There would be rubbish and other storage centres on the basement level for all residents.
  • There would be no lift.
  • There would be a communal space and stairs in two parts of the building, but no entrance hall as such as it had been considered more important to have bigger living accommodation.
  • There was a river underneath the building, which was the subject of discussion with the Environment Agency (EA) at that moment. Although it had initially been thought that the problems at that end of the building were due to the river, this was no longer thought to be the cause and EA recommendations regarding the river were awaited.
  • All flats would be designated for affordable social rented housing at 80% of local rent and would range from approximately £106 to £125 per week, including service charges.
  • Flats would be offered to those people registered on Cornwall Homechoice and preference would be given to Hayle residents. Credit and background checks would be made on prospective tenants, for example for possible anti-social behaviour history as flats would not be suitable for such tenants.
  • One space per flat, with a couple of unallocated ones, was the best that could be done regarding parking, but more would be squeezed in if possible. It had to be recognised that some developments in urban areas had no parking spaces.
  • Solar panels with photovoltaics would be installed on the Mill’s roof.
  • It was intended to record the history of the Mill in the communal and external spaces; the team intended to ask for old photos and other documents during the consultation process and Hayle Archive and the Hayle Heritage Centre had already been involved.
  • It was agreed that Karen Goldup would mention the idea of using the river under the building for hydropower production of energy to the engineers working on the project.

Finally, councillors were very pleased that at last the building would be rescued and at the same time
would provide affordable rented housing for the residents of Hayle.

The mayor thanked Karen Goldup for her presentation.