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600 new homes and jobs for Hayle?

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Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:28am 14th February 2019. (Updated at 10:25am 14th February 2019)

By Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

Six hundred new homes and jobs could transform Hayle harbour.

That is the message from the Council - after it voted to pump more than 15 million pounds into the project to do it up.

Cornwall Council has developed the plan with the current land owners Sennybridge Hayle Ltd (SHL), following agreement from Cabinet in 2017 for the council to enter into negotiations to secure the future of the area.

Cabinet has recommended to full Council that £15.760m is made available.

This includes securing from Homes England a grant of £5.65m, to bring forward the building of roads and infrastructure to unlock the development of the Hilltop and Riviere Fields sites.

The plan is for the Council to buy the land at Riviere Fields to bring forward the development of quality new homes including new affordable homes for local people.

The Hilltop site and Quayside sites will, subject to necessary planning approvals, be developed by the private sector.

Cornwall Council's portfolio holder for homes, Andrew Mitchell, said the plans will kick start the long awaited development, securing a new chapter and future for the town of Hayle. 

Cllr Mitchell said: "Hayle is a key growth area and we expect redevelopment of the Harbour area to see 600 new homes, create more jobs and become a new destination for locals and visitors alike"

 

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Cornwall Council has voted to pump more than £15m into a project to develop Hayle harbour


A further report on the development approach will be brought to Cabinet for approval at a later date.

 

But a former leader of Cornwall Council says the only way the full benefits of a major redevelopment of Hayle Harbour will happen is if the council takes over the entire scheme.

Hayle councillor John Pollard welcomed the decision but said that he and others in Hayle believe the council will have to do more.

"Over the years many have recognised the potential of Hayle but... after 60 years of decline and 40 years of a series of private owners who promised much and delivered little it is only by the action of this authority over the last eight years that that decline has stemmed.

"This is another step forward and I am delighted to see it. Myself and many of my colleagues in Hayle are convinced and have been convinced for something like 30 years that it is only by an authority such as this taking over the whole of the private holding of Hayle, including the harbour and the land around it, that the future economic development of Hayle will be secured.

"I take the point that that will have to come back and I hope it will come back as I think that is the only way forward."

Hayle councillor John Pollard

Cornwall Council says that the development at Hayle Harbour could provide 600 new homes and unlock 600 employment opportunities.

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