Roles and Responsibilities
Last updated: 05/03/2014
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Successful delivery of the Eco-communities will only be achieved
through partnership working. Public investment brings the
opportunity to deliver wider infrastructure that can
benefit existing communities as well as support the
delivery of Eco-communities. Private investment will be
required to build the housing and employment space that will
combine with new infrastructure and community facilities to create
vibrant places to live and work.
A memorandum of understanding has been signed by key
partners involved in the Eco-communities project to ensure that
everyone knows what their role is and how partners will work
The Eco-communities Board has been established to support the
delivery of Eco-communities, ensure that projects achieve
excellence to maximise the benefits of development for
Membership consists of Eco-Bos (which is the joint
venture company set up by Imerys and Orascom to deliver
Eco-communities), Cornwall Council, and the Homes and Communities
Lord Taylor has been appointed to act as the independent chair
of the Board.
Cornwall Council has two distinct roles in respect of the
delivery the Eco-community, one as the planning authority, we will
decide upon planning applications. The second is as the
facilitator to enable the West Carclaze and Baal Eco-community as
identified in the St Austell, St Blazey and China Clay Area
Regeneration Plan and the emerging Cornwall Local Plan.
The Planning, Housing and Regeneration Service lead the delivery
of the project.
Eco-Bos is a joint venture company that prepared the planning
application in 2011 for the West Carclaze and Baal site. The
company represents the interests of Imerys, the landowner of sites
earmarked for development, and Orascom who boast the expertise of
developers and consultants with experience of creating sustainable
communities to very high environmental and ecological standards.
Eco-Bos announced in late 2012 that they were scaling back their
operations due to concerns with the economic climate and the
emerging Local Plan. Eco-Bos have the option to develop the
land and are working in partnership with the Council.
For further information about Cornwall Council’s role in the St
Austell Clay Country Eco-communities, please contact the Planning
Delivery Team on telephone 0300 1234 151 or email