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Row over housing development plan
Compair UK factory in Camborne
The old Holman's factory is on the site in Camborne
Residents in a Cornish town are split over plans to transform a derelict industrial site in Camborne.

A developer wants to convert the former Holman factory buildings into 80 flats together with facilities for small businesses and community use.

Critics claim the multi-million pound project would increase traffic congestion but supporters insist it will be a boost for the town centre.

The scheme will be considered by Kerrier Council during the summer.

Affordable housing

The two-acre Trevu site, close to Camborne railway station, was once Holman's number three factory.

The company moved out as its fortunes declined and much of it is now derelict.

Roy Kelinack, from the Camborne Old Cornwall Society, said the historic site deserves better than the plan on offer: "It's another landmark gone from the town.

"We've already lost about five wonderful buildings. Surely they can put something there more in keeping with the town."

The developers say some historic buildings could be restored.

The Camborne Pool Redruth Urban Regeneration Company is supporting the privately backed scheme.

It should have been developed a long, long time ago
Peter Berryman
The URC's Tim Kellett said: "This site is close to the town centre and residential is really good because it will bring people with money to spend into the town centre and it will also provide affordable housing which is much needed in the area."

Seventy people attended a public meeting in Camborne on Wednesday night where a number of concerns were raised including adequate parking.

Peter Berryman, who worked for Holman's on the site nearly 50 years ago said he wants to see the project go ahead.

He said: "It should have been developed a long, long time ago.

"They should put some decent housing for people but they need to have parking for all the places that are there."

The plan has the backing of Camborne's Chamber of Commerce which says risks must be taken to revive the town's fortunes.

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