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All developments set to transform the face of Truro

All developments set to transform the face of Truro

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:27am 18th February 2020. (Updated at 3:41pm 18th February 2020)

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Richard Whitehouse

Major developments are happening all over Cornwall but nowhere more than Truro which could be transformed if all the plans go ahead.

With everything from a new town to a Stadium for Cornwall, it is Cornwall's only city which could look very different in the future.

Here we look at some of the developments which are in the pipeline which could dramatically alter Truro in years to come.

Langarth Garden Village:

Langarth

Once a patchwork quilt of various planning permissions granted by Cornwall Council over the years this major development is now being brought together after the local authority decided to intervene.

Plans are in place for a wide range of developments which include thousands of new homes, supermarkets, hotels, shops, pubs, restaurants, community centres, schools and health facilities.

But since being granted planning permission a lot of the development has stalled and with 2,700 houses included the council was in danger of falling very short in meeting the government-imposed targets it had set in the Cornwall Local Plan.

So, the council decided to take the lead on the project and is now drawing up a masterplan for the entire area which stretches from West Langarth on the outskirts of Threemilestone to the Royal Cornwall Hospital site.

It has allocated £159 million towards the Langarth Garden Village project and secured £47 million from the Government to build the Northern Access Road (NAR) which will link up the developments.

And the council has stated that eventually Langarth Garden Village could accommodate up to 4,000 homes, although planning permission is only in place for 2,700.

Critics are still unconvinced by the development and are concerned about the impact it will have on Truro and the A390 which runs alongside the sites.

But the council has said that with planning permission in place it would be better to have a “coherent” plan for the entire development area rather than a number of unconnected estates.

Cabinet member Bob Egerton has spoken of a need to make the garden village less reliant on cars with a focus on ensuring that public transport links are in place as well as good footpaths and cycleways.

And he has said the council will be working to ensure that infrastructure required for the development, such as the NAR and school facilities, are in place before people start to live in the Garden Village.

The next stage will be a planning application which will cover the proposals in the masterplan being drawn up by the council. No definitive timescale has been put on the project but it is anticipated it will be at least 30 years in the making.

Stadium for Cornwall:

Stadium for Cornwall 2

Planned for a site slap bang in the middle of the Langarth Garden Village is the Stadium for Cornwall.

What has long been a pipe dream for many sports fans could at last become a reality in the next few years.

Providing a new permanent home for the Cornish Pirates rugby team and Truro City football team it would also have facilities for use by Truro and Penwith College.

It would also be available for community use by a number of other teams and sports clubs as well as providing hospitality and conference facilities. There has also been mention of a hotel next to the stadium.

Funding has been provided by the stadium partners and Cornwall Council has pledged £3m to the project as long as it is matched by the Government.

It is planned that the Stadium for Cornwall would have a 10,000 capacity but the initial plans will be for the main stand to be built which will also have accommodation for the hospitality and conference facilities.

Not dissimilar to the way that the Exeter Chiefs have developed their Sandy Park ground, the stadium would have an initial capacity for 6,000 spectators.

Critics say the location of the stadium is wrong, despite studies showing that it is the best site, with concerns about the impact on traffic in and out of Truro.

The current aim is to have the Stadium for Cornwall completed by the summer of 2022.

Pydar Street:

Pydar Street redevelopment

Cornwall Council has said that the £170m plan for a large site on Pydar Street in Truro city centre is one of the biggest projects undertaken by the authority.

The council is leading on plans to redevelop the site which is currently home to the former Carrick District Council officers as well as the Viaduct car park and other buildings, including the home of Truro Bowl.

Under the plans the new development would provide homes, leisure facilities, workspace and a new campus for Falmouth University.

The proposals include 300 homes – with 35% being affordable - and 340 student beds.

And it would be home to The Hive, part of Falmouth University's creative and digital cluster which "will bring together education, research, innovation, business, entertainment and community facilities in a unique environment".

In a report on the scheme last year the council said: 

"The proposed scheme will regenerate a run-down area of the city and help create a vibrant new neighbourhood and destination for Truro. The project will pioneer new ways of living, learning, working and playing, helping transform Truro into a creative city, fit to lead Cornwall into a successful and prosperous future.

"Pydar Street will deliver new homes, innovative work and learning spaces, together with an exciting riverside park and range of engaging leisure, hospitality and cultural facilities and events.

"A development of this scale will take a number of years to develop. The mixed-use scheme will enable the creation of a vibrant and varied  neighbourhood with a distinctive mix of building types, scale and designs that can be brought forward as distinct phases over that period of time all framed within a single master plan".

Report to Cornwall Council

An outline planning application is expected to be submitted soon for the proposals with a full business case for the project being prepared for the autumn.

Truro Loops:

truro river

This ambitious project is looking at building bridges across Truro River to provide new connections to areas in the city.

Two footbridges would link up more than five different “loops” with walking and cycling trails on both sides of the river.

The project is being included as part of the Truro transport strategy which is being drawn up.

Truro Loops has also had support from a number of different groups and organisations.

Higher Newham Farm:

Outline planning permission was previously granted for this site on the outskirts of the city next to Arch Hill to be developed with 155 homes and a community farm.

However that permission was never implemented and a new revised plan is now been submitted for 242 homes to be built.

Developers have submitted two planning applications – one a reserved matters application for the 155 homes which already have planning permission, and a new application for an additional 87 homes.

Places For People - which is leading the scheme - said that by increasing the number of homes they would be able to provide more affordable homes for local people.

New women's and children's hospital:

hospital building 2

One of many schemes announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson last summer was plans for a £99.9m unit for women and children at Royal Cornwall Hospital.

The investment will see the construction of a new building between the existing Tower Block and Trelawny Wing.

This will house women's and children's services including maternity, neonatal care and gynaecology.

These will be moved from the Princess Alexandra Wing; a building that has been criticised during Care Quality Commission inspections and which, due to structural defects, has a limited life-span.

Children's services will also transfer from the top floors of the Tower Block to the new building.

The building will also become the new main entrance for the hospital with plans for changes to the layout of roads and a pedestrian zone to improve the environment and accessibility.

Hendra Retail Park:

Hendra Retail Park, Truro

This new retail park near Threemilestone would bring new shops to Truro including Smyth’s Toys, Go Outdoors and KFC.

However there are concerns over the development which would also provide a new home for Aldi, Next and Boots.

Critics are concerned that the retail park would affect the city centre but the developer has said that it was keeping the retailers in Truro.

Aldi, which is currently located in Highertown, would have a new store on the park.

Outline planning permission has already been granted for the plans with a reserved matters application currently under consideration.

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