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Cornwall Council looks to progress work on former Carclaze School site

Cornwall Council has reaffirmed its commitment to regenerate a former school site that was damaged by fire in the summer. 

The former Carclaze School in St Austell was hit by fire on July 9, 2020, causing serious damage to the structure. 

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Responding to residents’ wishes to see more homes provided for local people, Cornwall Council has committed to a sustainable, affordable housing proposal to regenerate the site and is in the process of appointing contractors to clear debris to allow plans for the site to progress. 

Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, Tim Dwelly, said: “The priority for Cornwall Council remains to work with partners to secure a sustainable development proposal to safeguard the future for this site in line with the wishes of the community. 

An important step towards this is for the debris from the fire damage to be cleared to enable safe access for building surveyors so they can inspect the structure. Cornwall Council is in the process of finding contractors to undertake this work. 

Cornwall Council has worked with Cornwall Rural Housing Association over the past two years to bring forward a plan to use the structure of the building to create affordable homes for local people, as well as creating community parking on the site. 

Before the coronavirus pandemic hit earlier this year the scheme was due to go forward for planning consent, with public consultation about to take place, and the Council continues to work with Cornwall Rural Housing Association to bring the scheme to fruition. 

Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Homes, Andrew Mitchell, said: “Providing good quality affordable homes for local people is a top priority and we will continue to work to bring this site back into use to achieve that aim.” 

Matt Luke, Cornwall Council local member for Penwithick and Boscoppa, said: “Myself and Treverbyn Parish Council have long been working with Cornwall Council and developers to bring this site forward to a conclusion for the local community and we hope to have contractors on the site shortly clearing the fire debris.” 

Jackie Bull, Cornwall Council local member for St Austell Poltair, said: “I look forward to seeing the wonderful Silvanus Trevail frontage restored and the development moving forward, now, in a speedy manner.” 

The Council is aware that Devon and Cornwall Police has now concluded its investigation into the fire, with no charges brought. Anyone who has any information should still contact the police. 


Story posted 25 November 2020