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Lower Kergilliack Farm

Land at Kergilliack Farm - Bickland Hill - Falmouth - Cornwall - TR11

Taylor Wimpey, together with Persimmon Homes, has planning permission for a new residential development of up to 300 homes together with local centre, 35% affordable homes and public open space on land at Lower Kergilliack Farm, Bickland Hill, Falmouth.

  • Overview

    Land at Kergilliack Farm

    Along with partner developers Persimmon Homes, we applied for planning permission for the proposed development of up to 300 new homes on land at Lower Kergilliack Farm, Bickland Hill, Falmouth, in November 2012. Taylor Wimpey are to build 150 dwellings.

    Our planning application, which also includes a local centre and new public open space, landscaping, footpaths and cycleways, followed extensive public consultation, including a public exhibition held in September 2012.  35% of the homes built will be affordable homes for rent or available at reduced cost.

    Outline Planning Permission was granted on 16th May 2014.

    The pre-application process has started, pre-application meetings are being held with Cornwall Council, proposed submission date is the end of 2014.

  • About the site

    The development site

    LKF site photo1

    The view at Union Corner towards the site

    The 15.5-hectare site is currently arable land with public footpaths along its southern and western edges. The main access into the site is via the existing farm access off Hillhead Road to the north west.

    The site is owned by two groups of landowners and we, along with Persimmon Homes, have option agreements to purchase the site subject to planning approval.

    The site is located on the western fringe of Falmouth, bounded to the north by Hillhead Road and existing residential development which backs onto the site.

    To the east and south east lies an electricity sub station and Bickland Hill. Beyond this lies further residential development, Falmouth FC football ground and Tregoniggie Industrial Estate.

    The village of Budock Water is situated approximately 500m to the south, while to the west of the site lies arable land, Higher Kergilliack Farm and additional residential properties.

    Hedgerows and mature trees run within and along the edges of the site with a significant increase in the number of trees in the centre of the site adjacent to the existing Grade II-listed farm buildings. We plan to incorporate existing trees and hedgerows into the development proposals wherever possible.

    The site is located within the Swan Vale valley and a stream runs through the centre of the site from west to east towards the sea. The development site is located mainly within Flood Zone 1 (lowest flood risk) with the area close to the watercourse shown as Flood Zone 3, which means there is little or no risk of flooding across the majority of the area.

    LKF site photo2

    The view from the proposed public open space at Lower Kergilliack Farm

  • What's proposed

    Our proposals


    LKF development framework

    The development framework for Lower Kergilliack Farm

    The land at Lower Kergilliack Farm was identified by Cornwall Council as a potential site to help meet its emerging target of providing up to 4,000 homes in Falmouth and Penryn over a 20-year period. The site was also identified as a sustainable and suitable development site in the Falmouth and Penryn Town Framework.

    Public and stakeholder consultation has been a key part of developing our proposals. The site was discussed through a number of pre-application meetings with Cornwall Council and steering group presentations. Initial consultation started in January 2012, with a public consultation exhibition held in September 2012.

    Feedback from the consultation process was used to finalise our masterplan for the site, with a planning application submitted in November 2012.

    Key elements of our proposals include:


    • Up to 300 new homes,
    • A mix of house types including 35% affordable homes for rent or at low-cost
    • A local centre
    • Access via new roundabout at Bickland Hill
    • New public open space
    • A children’s play area
    • Community orchard and allotments
    • Existing hedgerows and mature trees to be retained where possible
    • New footpaths/cycleways to connect to the existing network of public footpaths
    • Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS)

    Outline planning approval was granted in May 2014.

  • Community

    Local contributions

    In addition to the community facilities to be provided at Lower Kergilliack Farm, we will have made a significant contribution to the provision of road improvements locally through a sizable funding commitment to improvement of the Union Corner junction. We are also contributing to the contribution of local education facilities.

  • Updates

    Development timeline

    27 November - Public consultation event is planned at Falmouth FC, due to start at 3.00pm.

    May 2014 – Outline Planning Permission granted

    July 2013 – Resolution to grant planning permission

    November 2012 – Planning application submitted

    September 2012 – Public consultation exhibition held

    January 2012 – Consultation on development at site starts