Cabinet agree to support community supported plans for regeneration of partially derelict Truro site

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet today (19 September) agreed to further develop plans to regenerate a major site at the end of Pydar Street, a key area in the centre of Truro.

The site is a partially derelict and an under used area with a mix of car parks, office space, leisure and retail outlets and a number of vacant buildings and warehouses.

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Cornwall Council is proposing to regenerate the area in line with the resident approved Truro and Kenwyn Neighbourhood Plan.

Cabinet has agreed that £3.1 million of funds are allocated to bring forward the regeneration project.  The money will be used to further develop the concept to turn the Pydar Street site into a community hub with green spaces, leisure facilities, new homes for local people, office and business space, a hotel and student accommodation and academic space.

Councillor Mike Eathorne-Gibbons, Cabinet Member for Customers, said: “For the best part of a year, we have been working with a group which includes Cornwall Council, Truro City Council, Kenwyn Parish Council, Truro BID and Truro Chamber of Commerce.  We’ve also been talking directly to the local community. 

“For example, a Festival of Ideas event held in May helped test the initial vision for Truro and the potential proposals for the regeneration of Pydar Street.  I’m excited at the prospect of everyone continuing to work together to deliver a joined up and shared vision for Truro as a whole.”

 The £3.1 million of funding agreed today will be used to put together a comprehensive feasibility appraisal, conceptual design and an outline business case, which will come back to Cabinet for approval.

Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Council member for Truro Boscawen said: “The possibility of Pydar Street is that it can bring neighbourhood living, with all its complexity and diversity, back into the heart of the town. At a critical moment for Truro, with the internet changing retailing, working practices changing to be more environmentally sensitive, and the economy locating itself into global networks, this is a chance to try something new and exciting – letting life evolve organically, putting the local back into locality.

“Cornwall Council has the opportunity to see what happens if it steps back, accounts value in social as well as financial terms, and explores the possibilities of ordinary people and families leading the way. By being bold Cornwall Council can find a new way to do things which is both challenging and familiar, and could help many other towns in Cornwall and beyond”.

 

Story posted 19 September 2018