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Eco-Town Plans Revealed

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8:03am 8th June 2014


We are getting our first glimpse at plans for a controversial Cornish eco-town.

Officials want to build a brand new community on old clay workings at West Carclaze near St Austell.

It would include fifteen hundred homes, a school, technology park and green spaces.

A consultation is underway, and local residents are being asked to share their views on the three possible options.

Lord Matthew Taylor of Goss Moor chairs the Eco Communities Strategic Board. He told Pirate FM: "What we're trying to do is regenerate a poor community, deliver the housing people need but to do so in a way that is a much better quality development than people are used to. So there'll be shops, there'll be schools and very high quality sustainability. So it's building a community, not just building a housing estate.

"People are actually seeing some of the things that they didn't' think they would get. There was lots of support but they said "We'll never get the road". Well now the road is now being built. They said "We'll never get the jobs". Well the Technology Park tender is being decided as we speak. The housing element of this is coming behind the rest of the infrastructure. The school is built into the plan as well, so it really is a community project."

Work has already started on the construction of the Carluddon A391 road improvement and tenders have been issued for the creation of a Technology Park next to the new road between Scredda and Penwithick.

Over the past few months the Partnership has been working with members of the People's Panel. That was set up to make sure that the Masterplan and planning application reflected the needs and aspirations of local people.  

The Panel, which contains members of Treverbyn Parish Council and representatives of local community groups and organisations, has been involved in drawing up the proposals which are being submitted for consultation.  

Now members of the public are being invited to give their views.

"Our aim is to provide a high quality development which will both serve local people and attract investment to the area" said Julian German, the Council's Cabinet Member for Economy and Culture. "We want to create a place where people can live and work, educate their children, have access to health and leisure facilities, meet friends, create communities and enjoy both the built and natural environment."

The consultation process includes an online survey which members of the public can use to give their views and an exhibition being held at Unit D at White River Place between12 am and 4pm between Friday, 6 June and Friday 13 June (closed Sunday).  

Representatives from the project will be at White River Place between 11 am and 7pm on Friday, 6 June and between 12o'clock and 3pm on Saturday 7 June to meet members of the public and answer any questions.

The exhibition will include details of the three options which are currently being developed for the scheme, with members of the public asked to give their views on the different scenarios.  These include a range of proposals for the future of Sky Tip.

"While one of the benefits of the site is that it is on previously used land which is no longer required for china clay production, the fact that it is not a Greenfield site brings additional constraints in the form of lakes, tips and mica dams" said Julian German.  "We want local people to look at the different scenarios and let us know which they would support."

The West Carclaze eco community scheme's being developed by Eco-Bos, whose parent companies are Orascom Development Holdings AG and Imerys Minerals Ltd.  "The best solution will be delivered by continued collaboration between ourselves and the Council and other public sector bodies" said John Hodkin, from Imerys Minerals Ltd, "We already have a positive and constructive working relationship with these partners and fully support the approach that is being taken with regard to the proposed Eco-community development at West Carclaze and Baal".

"We particularly welcome the focus on delivering important infrastructure in the early phases of the project and the continued engagement and consultation with the local communities. "

Officials told Pirate FM all the comments made during the week long consultation will be used to shape the Masterplan.  

The revised plan will then be presented back to the local community before the formal planning application is submitted in December.

8:03am 8th June 2014

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