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Decision d-day on £170m plans to redevelop Truro

Decision d-day on £170m plans to redevelop Truro

Published by Emma Carton at 8:21am 18th December 2019.

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Richard Whitehouse

Cornwall Council's Cabinet will meet for the last time in 2019 today to discuss matters including a £170million Truro redevelopment and new cycle trails.

One of the main items on the agenda is the Pydar Street Regeneration scheme in Truro.

Cabinet members will be asked to approve a masterplan for the project and to allocate £3million towards the next stage of the development.

Under plans the council is leading on a project which could be worth £170m to transform a major site in Truro City Centre on Pydar Street.

It would create more than 300 homes as well as a new centre for Falmouth University along with student accommodation.

Pydar Street redevelopment
It is decision d-day on those £170 million plans to redevelop part of Truro city centre. Photo: Cornwall Council


There are also plans to create employment space, a hotel, leisure facilities, bars, restaurants and shops.

Public open space would also be created and the council is keen to integrate the area with the rest of the city centre and wants to have good footpaths and links into the city.

The site includes the former Carrick District Council offices, Viaduct car park and all the areas around.

In a report to the Cabinet officers state: "The regeneration of a complex site such as this, in a sensitive location, is a major scheme and one of the largest the council has ever pursued. 

"The ambition for the site is to become the catalyst for regeneration across the city and has a development cost of almost £170m".

The council is aiming to submit an outline planning application for the redevelopment in autumn 2020. Construction would not start on the project until 2022.

Pydar Street redevelopment
The Pydar Street project would create more than 300 homes as well as a new centre for Falmouth University. Photo: Cornwall Council


Wednesday's Cabinet meeting will also consider a report on The Saints Multi-User Trails which would link up Newquay, Perranporth, St Agnes and Truro.

The four trails, covering 30km, would be for use by walkers, cyclists and horseriders and are considered to be used for leisure and commuting.

Cornwall Council has secured more than £17million in funding from Highways England for the scheme which the council will match with £2m funding of its own.

The report to Cabinet states: "The new trails will benefit both commuters and leisure users, extending the tourism offer for central Cornwall and provide future job creation opportunities, along with transformation of local towns and villages similar to that experienced with the Camel and Bissoe trails".

Cabinet members will also be asked to give permission for senior officers to negotiate deals for any land which might be needed to create the trails and use compulsory purchase orders to acquire land.

cycle trail 4
Cornwall Council will also discuss those plans for four new cycle trails across mid-Cornwall, including Truro to St Agnes


The four different trails are:

Perranporth to Newquay - This scheme will reopen much of the disused railway line to create a new trail predominately for leisure users that will rival the Camel Trail. The route starts in Perranporth and runs for approximately 14km through Goonhavern to Newquay. The route will include a number of new bridges to replace those removed when the rail line closed and make use of the former rail viaduct at Cocks. A section of the route will run alongside Lappa Valley steam railway with potential links to Trerice and campsites along the route.
St Newlyn East to Carland Cross - This 4km route will connect the existing National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 32 at St Newlyn East with the proposed Perranporth to Newqay route via quiet lanes, then onwards to Carland Cross via an off road trail through Newlyn Downs, utilising the existing tracks servicing the windfarm where possible.
Trispen to Idless - This 4Km route will link the A39 at Trispen to Lanner Mill via quiet lanes, and then by off road trail through Bishop’s and Lady’s Wood to Idless and the NCN route 32. A section of the route runs through Forestry England ownership designated as Crown land.
Truro to St Agnes - This will provide an off-road multi-user trail from St Agnes alongside the B3277 to Chiverton Cross where the route will continue alongside the A390 linking with the proposed Langarth development area and onwards into Truro. This new 8km route will serve the new development planned at Langarth and provide a high quality route for commuter cyclists from St Agnes to the hospital and existing employment areas in west Truro.

The Cabinet will also receive updates on the council's capital programme which indicates that the redevelopment of the Hall For Cornwall has fallen 16 weeks behind schedule.

And councillors will be asked to approve new contracts for local bus services and park and ride services which will start in April and run for eight years.

Under the new park and ride contract for Truro the council is looking to extend services so that they will be open for use in the evening.

Cabinet will meet today (Wednesday December 18th) at County Hall at 10am.

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