PLANS to build a hotel and restaurant on a controversial Saltash landfill site will go before a planning committee next week.
Downderry Construction Ltd, which owns the Carkeel landfill site, wants to build a 45-bedroom hotel with a host of other facilities.
However, residents of Carkeel, backed up by Saltash Town Council, are opposing the Callington-based firm's application amid fears of increased traffic and noise in the area.
In October last year, councillors blocked attempts to build a Sainsbury's supermarket on nearby land, which would have seen a new football ground serving Saltash United built on the landfill site.
There was huge local opposition to the idea, which residents said would damage town-centre trade, but the outline planning application for the new hotel proposals, which will go before county councillors at an area planning committee on August 13, is set to be recommended for approval by planning officers.
The hotel would also have a public restaurant and bar, reception areas, meeting rooms and other kitchen and staff facilities, plus 74 parking spaces and new access routes for vehicles and pedestrians, with the building itself sitting 50metres from the busy A388.
Saltash Town Council objects to the plans, fearing increased danger on the nearby A38 and at the bend where the hotel entrance would be sited. There are also concerns over an ancient listed milestone on the site, though planners insist this would not be affected.
Meanwhile, 13 Carkeel residents who wanted the landfill site to return to pasture have already written letters expressing concern.
They are worried that, at 70metres from the nearest house, the hotel would be too close to the village itself, perhaps overlooking Carkeel and leading to a loss of privacy.
Residents have also expressed concerns about noise from the bar and restaurant areas, congested roads and the loss of wildlife.
The Highways Agency, which initially voiced fears over the impact any development would have on traffic volumes at the nearby Carkeel roundabout, looks set to support the plans.
The landfill site is around half-full and could remain in use for the next 30 years, though the hotel would sit on land bordering the A388 that has almost been filled to the required level.
Soil contamination and site investigation surveys have both been provided, though further checks would need to be carried out before a detailed planning application is submitted.