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£1.5m for projects in new town on edge of Truro

£1.5m for projects in new town on edge of Truro

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:55am 16th November 2019.

Written by Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

Cornwall Council is planning to hand over £1.5million to community projects in areas close to the planned Langarth Garden Village near Truro.

The council is currently drawing up a masterplan for the development, which could see 4,000 new homes built on land near Threemilestone.

Council bosses decided to stage an intervention on the development which is made up of a number of sites which all have planning permission for up to 2,700 homes and various shops, workspace and community facilities.

The various planned developments had all stalled and by taking control of the project the council is aiming to make the development more cohesive.

It has already secured £47m from the Government to build a Northern Access Road which will serve the site and which the council says will be a “tree-lined boulevard”.

Now the council is looking to provide funding to community projects in Threemilestone and Highertown which are close to the Garden Village development.

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A report going to the council’s Cabinet details how £888,000 is set for Threemilestone Primary School which will provide improvements to facilities including a new school hall.

And the council is also looking to provide £621,000 match funding to All Saints Church at Highertown for a project to provide a new community centre which will be used by a number of different community groups and charities.

The money is coming from a £5.815m fund which the council set aside for community and green infrastructure. £2.298m is for community projects and £3.517m for green projects.

In the report it states: “Masterplanning and stakeholder engagement work…has identified an initial pair of projects in the existing communities of Threemilestone and Highertown. A key concept of the council resolution in January 2019 was to protect these existing communities and releasing identified funding at this stage directly supports that mandate”.

West Langarth  stadium for cornwall

Explaning the choice of All Saints Church the report states: “The project will enhance facilities for the whole community. There are 28 currently listed diverse groups who use the existing facilities examples including Cornwall Fairtrade Hub, Truro Foodbank, Kernow Credit Union, Cornwall Refugee Resettlement Network, Truro Memory Café, Singing for the Brain, Parenting and Wellbeing Course, Toddle Parent and Toddler Group, Residents’ Association, Guides, All Saints Friends Group, NCT Classes, Christians Against Poverty. The Langarth development area is in the heart of the ecclesiastical parish of Highertown Church, and as such the improved church facilities planned are directly related to preparing for the impact of the development.”

And on the Threemilestone Primary School funding it adds: ” In considering this investment the council recognises that the new development creates two competing issues. The first is to ensure early provision of a school in the new development so that the current Threemilestone school does not come under further pressure. However, equally, in creating a new school in the development it is important that the current Threemilestone school does not get left behind in terms of comparable resources. The funding allocated allows for proper project development, and resourcing to ensure that the facilities provide the widest range of uses for the school itself but also to the community outside of school hours, and ensuring that does not create competition with other facilities".

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