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Langarth Garden Village takes another step forward

Two major milestones have been met in plans to deliver Langarth Garden Village, the new community with local character, strong services and integrated and accessible transport and green spaces.  

The £47.45m funding contract between Homes England and Cornwall Council has been signed for the design and construction of the new Northern Access Road, and the Council has acquired two more parcels of land – the Willows and West Langarth Farm at Penstraze. 

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The land acquisition brings a step closer plans for providing up to 3,500 homes, key infrastructure such as a new primary school, and the extension to the Truro Park and Ride.  35% of the new homes at Langarth will be affordable, with homes for older people and those with special requirements.  There will also be homes for key workers, students, and good quality council-owned market rented homes. 

The signing of the contract with Homes England to release funding, after conditional approval was announced in June 2019means that plans for the new Northern Access Road (NAR) can move ahead.   

A major new transport link in Truro, the NAR will connect all the developments on the Langarth site and provide a route from the Garden village to the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske avoiding the A390. 

It will also prioritise cycling and walking along its entire 4km length as part of a transport strategy to provide cycle, bus and walking connections which will offer a realistic and practical alternative to using the car to access the city centre and other services. 

The first section of the road, the Interim Link Road, secured planning permission in March 2020.  With funding now available, construction will start in September 2020. Once completed in 2021, it will provide access for the main road construction.  An application for outline planning permission for the Langarth scheme, which includes the construction of the NAR, is due to be submitted later this year. 

Subject to all the necessary approvals and consents being secured, work is anticipated to start on constructing the new road during 2021 and be completed by Spring 2024. 

Tim Dwelly, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for culture, economy and planning said: “Good connections are the key to the success of communities as well as businesses and the people who work there.” 

We can now start to deliver the Truro Northern Access Road so we can ensure the needs of residents are front and centre.” 

Sophie White, Homes England’s Director of Infrastructure Grants, said: “We are committed to working with ambitious local authority partners seeking to meet their local housing needs through delivery of key infrastructure.  Our multimillion-pound funding will fund the new Truro Northern Access Road, whilst unlocking critical housing sites and allowing Cornwall Council to deliver their vision for new homes.  The 100% grant funding by Homes England of the access road is essential to provide the key early infrastructure that has so far stopped house builders bringing new homes to market in this area.” 

Andrew Mitchell, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for homes said: “This is an important commitment from central Government to facilitate the housing identified in the Neighbourhood Development Plan”. 

A detailed Planning application for the NAR will be submitted later this year as part of a hybrid application for Langarth Garden Village.  There will be a referendum on the updated Neighbourhood Plan in Spring 2021. Construction of the NAR could start in September 2021. 

 

Story posted 14 August 2020