Sustainable development

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The Sustainable Growth and Innovation teams aim is to ensure the targets set within the Cornwall Local Plan are delivered. We are working hard to bridge the gap between policy and delivery.

Each project can very be different to the next. All them help to make our communities stronger and more resilient for the future. Place Shaping allows us to understand the assets a community already has. We then plan and work on any identified priorities.

Examples of existing assets are:

  • buildings
  • skills and knowledge
  • green spaces
  • community groups
  • public services

We work with Town Councils and stakeholders. Together we can ensure communities are ready to deal with changes that may affect them in the future.

The projects we work on fall within three main categories:

  • Cornwall Council projects
    We lead on unlocking the delivery of high-quality housing, economic and regeneration projects. These are projects that currently don’t make a enough return on investment.
  • Private sector projects
    We work with private sector developers to unblock and speed up the delivery of stalled schemes.
  • Infrastructure projects
    We work with infrastructure providers to enable sustainable housing and economic growth

Examples of current projects:

Cornwall Council is working in partnership with a private developer and other public agencies to create an exciting new Garden Village community. The Garden Village of 1,500 new homes is in the China Clay area of mid Cornwall, north of St Austell. This development scheme is unique in many ways. The development will set high standards in design quality. As well as early provision of essential infrastructure.

Langarth Garden Village is an ambitious Cornwall Council led project. Langarth will be a vibrant, connected, well planned community for between 8,000 and 10,000 residents.

Our involvement means high quality, well designed homes which are affordable for local people. Schools, health and play facilities built at the start of the scheme rather than at the end.

We want to create a sustainable bus service and a network of cycle paths and walkways. This will connect homes within the Garden Village as well as out into neighbouring communities and places of work.

Cornwall Council has been working with the Falmouth Place Shaping Board to develop a masterplan. The masterplan looks at key priority sites in the town centre. It aims to support opportunities and strengthen the town centre.

The key priorities are:

  • manage vehicular movements in the main street area
  • support a pedestrian and cycle priority area that would help increase footfall
  • improve the public realm within the town centre
  • improve the quality of the Prince of Wales Pier
  • focus on the significant opportunity to create a waterfront location at the heart of the town centre at Church Street
  • support opportunities for social and innovative new business
  • support the maritime sector, and provide access points to the water
  • strengthen Falmouth’s busy events season throughout the year
  • provide multifunctional outdoor space

The primary goal of this work is to strengthen and futureproof the town centre. To ensure that the town centre remains an attractive and vibrant place. It maintains a strong economy, is resilient and can provide for the future needs of its residents and visitors.

The Coinagehall site currently forms part of the proposed Penzance High Street Bid programme. It is for a major mixed use comprehensive redevelopment of the site.
Aspirations are to provide:

  • a high quality designed residential accommodation
  • creative workspace
  • redevelopment of the adjacent St Anthony’s Gardens into a more accessible area

The last livestock market was held in Liskeard in 2017. Since then, the local community has been considering a new future for this important town centre site. Cornwall Council secured government funding to undertake a community planning weekend in 2019. It established an aspirational vision which was co-designed by the community. As a first phase of work, the redundant structures from the livestock market era are now being demolished. Work will start in 2021 to create new workspaces. This will support the thriving creative sector in the region and breathe new life into the town centre.

Launceston Town Council wanted a better quality of development in their town.

Working with

  • Cornwall Council
  • Landowners
  • Residents

they developed a concept plan. Cornwall Council adopted the concept plan in October 2020. The plan is now planning guidance to inform planning applications for the site.

Hayle Town Council and Cornwall Council have prepared a concept plan that focuses on an area south of Hayle. It takes a proactive approach to how it believes development in this area should come forward. Cornwall Council adopted the plan in October 2020 as planning guidance to inform planning applications for the site.

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