Plans for an innovative scheme to regenerate a run-down area of Truro are due to be resubmitted next month.
The Cornwall Council-led proposals for the Pydar area aim to revitalise what is currently a partially derelict area.
The £170million regeneration of Pydar Street will help to deliver on the Council’s commitment to provide new low-carbon homes for Cornwall.
There are also plans to create a new hub for the creative industries, creating jobs and ensuring that top talent from Falmouth University and local businesses stays in Cornwall.
The aim is to create a vibrant community hub, with green spaces, leisure uses and better connectivity to park areas surrounding Truro. It will also enhance natural areas along the river, with a pathway for people to walk, as well as providing terraced gardens and the planting of 150 trees.
An outline planning application for the project was refused by Cornwall Council’s Strategic Planning Committee in February, due to concerns over the loss of parking and the height and mass of some buildings.
Since then, the Pydar team has been engaging with everyone involved in the process and the revised planning application will look to address these concerns, with a view to it being submitted by the end of April for determination later in the year.
Tim Dwelly, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Economy and Planning, said: “The regeneration of this important site in the centre of Truro remains a priority, as it will bring investment into the city and support its future economic growth.
“The project team working on the scheme on behalf of the Council will take on board the concerns raised and work to resolve them.”
The expenditure so far of £5.1million is in line with the budget allocated for the project and is typical for a project of this size and scale.
This money has been spent on extensive surveys that will be valuable to any development on the site, while early design investigations and historical context work is intended to guide future development.
The spending is a necessary investment into a project that will make a return for the Council as well as improving the long-term vitality of the town centre and delivering many important economic and community benefits.