Roles and Responsibilities
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 together.
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 Cornwall.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org