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£16 million could be pumped into Hayle harbour

£16 million could be pumped into Hayle harbour

Published by Emma Carton at 7:19am 13th February 2019.

By Local Democracy Reporter, Richard Whitehouse

Cornwall Council could be set to help bring £20 million to the stalled Hayle Harbour development to revive the project.

By getting involved in the project the council hopes to unlock developments which could provide 600 homes and 600 jobs for the area.

The council led plans to breathe new life into the harbour in 2010 when it brought £23m of infrastructure to the area which would enable development.

But a report going to this week's meeting of the council's cabinet states:

"However, five years after the completion of the North Quay enabling works, there are no visible signs of progress (other than a council delivered workspace development) and frustrations remain locally regarding the state of the operational harbour".

The report states that the council has been in discussions with the harbour owner Sennybridge Hayle Ltd (SHL) to try and "unlock and accelerate" the project.

Cornwall Council has also secured £5.65m from Homes England which will support the delivery of housing.

That money will be used to provide a road and services on land owned by SHL to access the Riviere Fields and Hilltop sites of the development. The council would seek to recover the cost of the works from SHL.

Cornwall Council is also looking to acquire land at Riviere Fields which it would use to build 140 homes as part of its housing delivery programme. The council is looking to submit a reserved matters planning application - dealing with certain details of the overall proposal - for the new homes.

As part of the proposals the Cabinet is being asked to increase the council's capital programme by £15.7m which will be used for acquisition, infrastructure and pre-development costs.

The Cabinet report states that the overall development has outline planning permission for up to 758 homes on North Quay, Hilltop and Riviere Fields.

But the council says work undertaken by the council and the owners suggests it would be "more realistic" for the development to provide between 580 and 620 homes.

There is also outline planning permission in place for the development of employment space, retail space, hotel and leisure facilities.

The intervention, as it is described by the council, at Hayle is the second time Cornwall Council has looked to help kick start stalled major developments in Cornwall.

Last year the council agreed to get involved in the various developments around Truro and Threemilestone which could deliver thousands of new homes and facilities.

In that case the council is looking to bring all the various developments together to form a "new town" which would be for around 8,000 people and similar in size to Launceston or Liskeard.

Cornwall Council's Cabinet is set to discuss the plans at Hayle when it meets on Wednesday February 13th.

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