Adapting Truro for Change: new exhibition to unveil ground-breaking plans for transforming Pydar Street

Find out how a ground-breaking redevelopment project is set to transform Truro into a creative, confident city and lead Cornwall into a successful and prosperous future.

Pydar Street – the first project of its kind in the country – will create a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable urban neighbourhood for Truro and we can’t wait to show you our plans and hear what you think.  

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The redevelopment of the Truro site, which sits between the iconic railway viaduct and the River Allen, is being led by Cornwall Council with support from Truro City Council, Truro BID, Kenwyn Parish Council and Truro Chamber of Commerce.

The partners will be unveiling their exciting vision for this key site, which includes the former Carrick District Council offices, at a special exhibition at 8 Clement Street (opposite New Look) between 8 am and 7pm on Monday, 18 November.  The exhibition will then be open daily between 12 noon and 4pm until Saturday, 23 November.

With new homes, innovative work and learning spaces, coupled with an exciting riverside park and engaging leisure, hospitality and cultural facilities and events, a transformed Pydar Street will create jobs, turbocharge the local economy, tackle social inequality and attract new visitors. 

“Truro has a proud history of adapting with the times and inspiring people and places from across the world” said Bob Egerton, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for Culture, Planning and Economy.  “We want to see it enhance its place as a bold, confident cityand become a flagship destination that celebrates Cornwall’s rich culture, heritage and history.

“The redevelopment of Pydar Street is this catalyst for change.  This development will create a dynamic, inclusive community where affordable homes, trailblazing business, new social and cultural opportunities and an active waterfront will become both a destination and a gateway to Truro, driving the city’s significance and prosperity into the future. “

The proposals for Pydar Street have been shaped by extensive interviews with members of the local community, as well as by stakeholder workshops and site design studies during the past twelve months. The vision for the site has also been informed by the work of the Truro Placeshaping Project which identified the regeneration of Pydar as strategically important for Truro and its people.

Previous public feedback has emphasised the desire for affordable homes for people of all ages. Places to sit near the river, close to nature, and city centre cycle hire hubs and a community led venue and café also proved popular when the team first canvassed the public in April 2019.

A transformed Pydar Street will put community back into the heart of the city, with approximately 300 new homes where different generations can live together and learn from and support each other. 35% of these new homes will be affordable, with a mix of housing set in a visually stunning landscape with rooftop gardens, play areas and green spaces.

Add in historical walks, cafes, restaurants, nature trails, a hotel, and engaging leisure, hospitality and cultural facilities which connect the city with its rivers and waterfront – and it is easy to see how Pydar Street will champion the very best of Cornwall and become an exciting blue print for the future.

The project will also become a beacon to new ways of living and help tackle the climate emergency by aspiring to be a ‘carbon natural’ site, championing clean energy, urban agriculture and the electric revolution.

The proposals include 'The Hive'. Building on Truro’s growing position as a Creative and Digital Cluster and Falmouth University’s reputation for creating high growth companies, it will bring together education, research, innovation, business, entertainment and community facilities in a unique environment. With a focus on screen, digital, gaming and the creative industries, it will help drive the local economy through the development of high-value, high-growth businesses and jobs.  

“By pioneering new ways of living, learning, working and playing, Pydar Street will demonstrate why this small corner of the world has inspired people for generations “ said Bob Egerton.  “This is a very important moment for our city and we want to make sure that everyone has the chance to comment on the proposals before the outline planning application is submitted at the end of January” .

Following the exhibition the Pydar Street team will stage a series of further drop in events in the pop up building at 8 St Clement Street.  You can find out more at www.lovetruro.net

Posted 08 November