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Council to buy land to build new 'town' on outskirts of Truro

Council to buy land to build new 'town' on outskirts of Truro

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 12:52pm 20th June 2018. (Updated at 2:09pm 20th June 2018)

By Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet has agreed to press ahead and buy land to build new homes which could be part of a new town for 8,000 people.

The ruling Cabinet unanimously supported the plans to buy land at Langarth Farm near Truro which will be used for 154 new homes. The council is also looking to buy mutli-use land which includes planning consent for a new school.

It is the first in what is expected to a series of interventions by the council in a number of major developments in the area which already have planning permission but which have all stalled.

There is currently planning permission for 2,700 homes and various other facilities on separate sites to the north of the A390 near Threemilestone.

However the Cabinet decided earlier this year to step in after being concerned about the new homes not being built but also with an aim of improving the proposed developments.

Councillor Bob Egerton, Cabinet member for economic growth and development, said: “To date none of these sites has started and they have various conditions for infrastructure attached to them.

“As they are they will result in what would be a fragmented series of estates with infrastructure delivered late.”

By intervening, Mr Egerton said the council would be “improving the design and providing appropriate infrastructure such as roads and schools on the right time scale”.

Under the plans Cornwall Council would work with Sanctuary Housing which has plans for 494 homes on the land at Langarth Farm which would be bought from developer Inox.

The council would then build 154 homes on the land which would include 35% affordable homes. It also aims to bring forward plans for a new primary school and other infrastructure.

While the Cabinet has agreed to go ahead with the plans, full council will have to vote next month on whether to increase the capital funding needed for the new homes.

If approved the council is hoping to have all the agreements in place to purchase the land by the end of the year.

Threemilestone councillor Dulcie Tudor raised concerns about the delivery of the new school and asked for an assurance that it would come forward as Threemilestone school is full.

Mr Egerton said: “If there is a demand for a school let’s build it as soon as we can if it means that children are being driven in from outside of this development in the early days.

“As part of buying this land we have the capability for building this school and I would hope that we bring it forward as soon as possible to provide for children on this new development but if that means providing for children outside of this development then that is also good.”

Mr Egerton said that the overall new town would eventually have two new primary schools and said that the council would also have to consider secondary school provision.

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