Thank you for visiting our website, where you can find out more information about the consultation and plans for new homes at land off Castle Street, Bodmin.
In these unprecedented times due to Coronavirus, we were unable to host the public exhibition at which we had planned to be able to show our proposals to the community in person.
However, we have put all of the same information that we would have shown at the exhibition on this website for members of the public to review. You can find the proposals here.
Our online consultation period was open until Friday 24th July.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us here.
The site is adjacent to Callywith College and to the south east of Castle Street/Old Callywith Road, Bodmin.
It is located on the northern outskirts of the town with easy access to the A30.
Cornwall Council has allocated the site for residential development. The allocation requires the site to be accessed from Castle Street/Old Callywith Road.
The vision for Bodmin as set out in the Town Framework is to ‘Create a better balance between the amount of housing and jobs and enable the delivery of affordable housing’.
bunnyhomes’ plans will help to realise this vision and meet the significant housing requirement within the area.
The site is 14.23 acres in size and adjoins allotments, Callywith College, residential properties and the ASDA supermarket.
bunnyhomes are proposing to deliver 168 high-quality and traditionally designed open-market and affordable homes on the land off Castle Street, to help meet local housing for Bodmin.
The open-market homes are in a range of sizes and designs and a mix of 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom homes, with off-street parking and gardens.
30% of the homes will be affordable and 25% of the houses will be ‘accessible homes’ in line with the Cornwall Local Plan.
Landscaping has been fundamental to the evolution of our design. Our proposals include substantial tree planting at the entrance to the site and around a central park, which is inspired by both the great Georgian plant collectors and some of the outstanding gardens dotted throughout the Duchy.
open market homes
|Type of home||#|
|1 bed apartment||4|
|2 bed apartment||20|
|2 bed house||22|
|3 bed house||46|
|4 bed house||26|
|Type of home||#|
|1 bed apartment||12|
|2 bed house||23|
|3 bed house||15|
design of the homes
We are designing the most beautiful new homes to be built in Cornwall.
Our new homes are inspired by some of the best examples of housing from within Cornwall.
Our homes have been inspired by the traditional styles we are all familiar with, with well- proportioned elevations, sash windows and elegant entrance features.
Great care has been taken with architectural details, such as the large symmetrical windows of the era, and elegant handmade zinc porches with scalloped canopies.
The proposal has also been shaped by the principles of good design for new homes, as set out in the Cornwall Design Guide.
access, highways & parking
Cornwall Council’s Local Plan allocation (Bd-M1) requires the site to be accessed via Castle Street/Old Callywith Road. The current plan is to place the access where 51 Castle Street is. The visibility both ways from the access is within acceptable limits, making this access safe for future residents and other road users. We are exploring with the College ways of enabling them to access the land at the rear of their site.
There will be pedestrian and cycle links criss-crossing the whole site, linking the residents to key areas in the local area, including Callywith College, nearby commercial premises and the Town centre, which integrates the site into the wider community. These links will also enable residents from across Bodmin to access the new park.
The existing road network has been assessed as capable of accommodating the additional vehicle trips into and from the site.
As the site is so well located it will be possible for new residents to safely walk to work, to the shops and to the town centre.
The site is close to public transport links.
We are providing 367 car parking spaces on the site, including garages or carports for 72 homes. This is on average over two spaces per home across the site.
The site is some distance from the nearest flood zone and judged as having the ‘lowest probability of flooding’ by the Environment Agency. As part of our application, we are looking to incorporate a sustained drainage system.
The landscape provides for a balance between nature and recreation and includes both formal and informal play spaces as well as a wide variety of specimen trees, including Western Red Cedar, Weymouth Pine and Japanese Hill Cherry. The park will be designed for visitors and residents of all ages and with all accessibility needs met. The landscaped areas within the public areas of the site will be maintained by a management company.
An assessment of the site has already taken place, which has highlighted no particular ecological issues with the proposals for the site. Our designs have taken into account the existing Cornish hedgerows on-site, and aside from where necessary for roadways, these are being retained. This assessment will be part of our planning application and assessed by Cornwall Council.
Our plans for the land off Castle Street will offer a number of benefits to the Bodmin community and the wider area.
bunnyhomes are proud that the homes we build not only provide much-needed housing to the local community but also provide employment to people in the local area. bunnyhomes uses local sub-contractors wherever possible.
As part of this new neighbourhood, bunnyhomes will be providing 30% of the homes as affordable homes. These will be prioritised for those with a local connection.
We will also agree with Cornwall Council any money or off-site works necessary to mitigate the impact of the new homes on the local community, i.e. in relation to education, highways etc.
The public open space, in the form of the new park, will be planted with specimen trees, have areas for play and be accessible to the public. We hope this will become a much-loved part of Bodmin for generations to come.
This is what we’re expecting to happen in the process. Register for updates if you want to be kept up to date.
We ran a period of consultation for two weeks until Friday 24th July 2020, so that residents and others could have their say on the plans.
Once the consultation period ended, we analysed the feedback received from residents, councillors and others. This feedback was taken on board for the final plans submitted to Cornwall Council.
We hope that the plans will be determined at some point before the autumn, and began working on-site in Spring 2021.
The building of the homes will take approximately 4 years and we will continue to communicate with the local community during the construction of the site.
Early July 2020
Pre- Application Public Consultation
Late Summer 2020
Submit Proposals to Cornwall Council
Expected Determination of Proposals
Start on site
First homes are completed and first residents move in
At bunnyhomes, we take the views of the local community in Bodmin seriously and will be consulting you properly on our plans for the land off Castle Street.
In these unprecedented times when meetings, travel and contact are limited due to social distancing guidelines, we are ensuring that you can view our plans in a safe way.
Due to these limitations, we were unable to host the in-person public exhibition which we had planned. However, we still carried out a thorough and genuine public engagement exercise. Accordingly, hundreds of nearby residents received a newsletter outlining our proposals. We advertised this website in the local media, and met with Bodmin Town Council to discuss the proposals.
If you know anyone who is interested in the proposals, but unable to get online, then please ask them to contact us at 0800 689 5209 and we will post the plans to them.
Consultation was open until Friday 24th July.
If you have any questions about the information provided, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.