Local Planning News
Cornhill School Site
Summary - Cornhill Drop-in Event, 24 October 2013, 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm at The Collingwood Arms, Cornhill - on - Tweed
- For information:
The event was advertised locally, Parish Council informed, County Councillor informed, Four Housing Office and Website, Berwick Advertiser and an estimated 600 notices and full housing needs posted to Cornhill residents and connecting parishes. Notices put up in local business’s. Acknowledge some addresses missed; data captured from Post Code service.
29 people attended, from 23 different addresses. This includes Cllr Murray, Cllr Watkin and Ian Stanner.
Therefore the event was attended by 26 residents from 20 different properties.
20 summary surveys were completed
- Summary of questionnaire responses:
Q1 Shortage of Affordable Housing in Cornhill
Q2 Suitability of the former School Site for affordable housing
Comments on site:
- What use is it currently doing?
- Housing for Older People
- Central. Ideal older people
- Young families are moving away and the population is getting older
- It’s a nice site with neighboring houses
- Lack of space for suitable sized homes. No school/jobs available just the wrong time for them maybe later in the future.
- Affordable housing would required a local school this has been closed down
- Affordable housing would mean more young children and there is no longer a local school for them. There is a surplus of affordable housing in the North East of England
- No school and no local employment. Fuel expensive for commuting to work
- Poor access
- No available jobs in the area. No school
- Like to move to a smaller more manageable property
- What do you call affordable housing?
- Interested in planning proposals
- Children’s play area/community gardens should be incorporated in any proposal
- Why this exercise rushed?
- No leaflets delivered to Branxton
- Affordable housing for other vulnerable people would be difficult to support in such a rural area
- Affordable housing is not the way forward for Cornhill. It is an elderly community and therefore something to help them would be more appropriate
- There are no job opportunities limited bus routes no school and therefore limits the kind of people who would want to live here.
- Building affordable housing would require the school to be reinstated
- I personally think the current premises could be put to better use. No need to build more houses in such a small rural village.
- Don’t object to suitable housing but what a pity you can not find another site to develop and keep the school. You will end up paying travel to send any children away from Cornhill now you’ve closed the school.
- Think the school should stay untouched and re open when we have the younger generation come as this area has just become a retirement village.
- School could be converted into a community centre for the elderly and bungalows built for the elderly- please bear in mind that the majority of Cornhill residents are retired.
The Report of the Public Meeting on the 18th November 2013 about the development of the Cornhill School site can be found HERE
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