Rival plans unveiled to transform Saltash
Hundreds of homes could be built after two rival plans were put forward for new "villages" in the Westcountry.
Planners want to develop new communities at the gateway to south east Cornwall and the Tamar Valley.
Developers have already held exhibitions to impress the public but no formal applications have been submitted for the site.
The Commercial Estates Group wants to build 1,000 homes on Broadmoor Farm, a triangle of land between the A38 and the A388 Saltash-Callington road. Their Garden Villages concept is on land which has long been touted for development.
A rival plan – called the Tamar Village – has been put forward by farmers who have formed the North and Middle Pill Landowners Association.
Cornwall Council must ultimately decide whether to grant permission to the schemes. Both could be given the go-ahead but it is understood that only one will be favoured. A spokesman for the Commercial Estates Group said another public exhibition would be held in the town in November, with a planning application submitted in December.
The landowners association were not available for comment.
The Latchbrook estate has also been put forward for a new community, but no developer has yet come up with plans.
Commercial Estates Group development manager Matthew Tunley said the scheme had been backed by the public at the first exhibition. He added: "The overwhelming majority believe this is the best site in the area for mixed-use development because it has the potential to deliver the levels of housing, employment premises and community amenities that will attract further investment into the town."
The Tamar Village proposal highlights the plan's green credentials and the opportunity for self-building housing schemes. But nearby residents have spoken out against the plans.
Helen Hocking, chairwoman of the North & Middle Pill Neighbourhood Association, said: "While we understand and accept the need for growth in Saltash, when considering the options we do not believe that large scale development in either Latchbrook or the Pill area is sustainable."