Cabinet supports investment into local community facilities to support proposed Langarth Garden Village

A commitment to invest in community facilities for the benefit of residents living in Threemilestone and Highertown, as well as residents who will live at Langarth Garden Village in the future, has been supported by the Cabinet at their meeting today (13 November 2019).

Important community facilities will receive early investment in parallel with the ongoing engagement with residents to inform the masterplanning to create Langarth Garden Village in the future.   

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The existing community facilities that will benefit from Council funding includes £612,000 in match funding for the community hall at All Saints Church Highertown.  The popular Hall, which currently serves the whole of the community along the A390 corridor, hosts a variety of non-faith community events and groups which support residents including the Truro Memory Café, Singing for the Brain, Parenting and Wellbeing Courses, Toddle Parent and Toddler Group, the Resident's Association, Guides and NCT Classes.

Threemilestone School will receive up to £888,000 for projects including a new hall so that the existing school has great improved facilities ahead of the new school being built as part of the new Langarth Garden Village development. The new hall will be a great facility not just for the school, but for the whole community. 

Other schemes may be supported in the future including improvements to the Community Hall in Threemilestone, walking and cycling links from Langarth Garden Village to Threemilestone village centre and improved access to the Threemilestone Industrial Estate.

Cabinet members also agreed plans to acquire land for the Langarth Garden Village development and to facilitate the building of the Northern Access Road.  This major transport link in Truro will help to bring forward the development of Langarth Garden Village and new homes to build a community where residents are encouraged to walk and cycle to work, for shopping and for leisure. 

The land to be acquired includes the land to be transferred to the Council, subject to contract, for the purpose of delivering the stadium for Cornwall. 

The Council is committed to ensuring that Langarth Garden Village is of the best quality. In January 2019 Cornwall Councillors took the decision to intervene with £159 million allocated to support the development of a masterplan and key infrastructure for the whole site.  This included £47 million which was subsequently awarded from government for building the Northern Access Road. 

The Council has pledged to involve the community and work with them to ensure that the new development is a place where people want to live.  It will be set in high quality open spaces with green infrastructure at its heart. 

Residents will be encouraged to walk, cycle or use public transport to travel for work, school or leisure. We have been working with the local community and key partners to develop plans for the scheme includes education, health, cultural and leisure facilities and flexible workspaces. These will be set in open and walkable green landscapes with trees, walking and cycle ways. 

The overall Council funding is to be used to acquire land, create a masterplan, and forward fund investment in community infrastructure.

A masterplanning team was appointed including several local firms.  They have been working with over 100 different partners, groups and individuals to establish a set of design principles from which new proposals can be created. 

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Story posted 13 November 2019