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The detailed plans for new garden village

The detailed plans for new garden village

Published by Emma Carton at 9:27am 27th February 2020. (Updated at 9:34am 27th February 2020)

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Richard Whitehouse

West Carclaze Garden Village started out life as an "eco-town" - a vast new development on the edge of St Austell.

And now, with detailed plans for the first phase of the development submitted to Cornwall Council, this new community looks set to start to emerge.

When complete it will provide 1,500 homes with almost a third being affordable.

However while the developers hail it as being "a new community like no other" it has not been universally supported since it was first put forward in 2009.

The aim was to create a major new housing development which would have the infrastructure in place to support it and build homes which were more environmentally-friendly and sustainable.

West Carclaze Garden Village
Detailed plans have revealed what a new garden village for Cornwall will look like.

Originally there were plans for a number of linked eco communities to be built on former clay sites around the St Austell area.

However many of those plans have now been put on hold and the remaining plans involve the West Carclaze Garden Village along with plans for a marina at Par.

It has come forward as a plan drawn up in partnership between Orascom Development and Imerys - creating a new venture called Eco-Bos.

The garden village site stretches to 500 acres - that's the equivalent of more than 290 football pitches.

And Eco-Bos says that 350 acres of the site will be designated as open space, for use by residents of the garden village and the wider public.

West Carclaze Garden Village
West Carclaze Garden Village will be on the outskirts of St Austell and include 1,500 new homes.

So, what will be included in the garden village development?

  • Homes - 1,500 new homes with 30% being affordable and some provision for self-build
  • School  - A 420-place primary school and nursery which will be known as the Sky Academy and run by Kernow Learning MAT.
  • Community and health care facilities - The first phase of the development will include a community centre and hub. This will include health facilities such as a doctors' surgery and dental surgery.
  • Employment space - There will be workspace included in the garden village to go alongside the ESAM Building next to the A391 which was completed next to the site in 2018.
  • Trails and paths - With 16 kilometres of walking and cycling trails around the site there will be links across the garden village to these which will also link with the existing clay trails around the St Austell area. There will be a blue and green spine which will encourage people to walk and cycle around the site.
  • Sports park - This will provide a large green area which will be available for recreational activities.
  • Heritage Park - Wheal Martyn Trust and its parent trust the South West Lakes Trust will manage the landscape and green space and highlight the mining history of the area and create educational resource.
  • Community food growing - Places to grow food such as micro veg patches in gardens, community allotments and orchards and possibly market gardening.
  • Renewable energy - With a solar farm already on site there will be a focus on renewable energy for the garden village.

Eco-Bos has also said that the iconic Sky Tip on the site will be retained and incorporated into the garden village.

West Carclaze Garden Village
The West Carclaze development will also include a school, sports park, heritage park and new trails and paths.

What happens next? 

Eco-Bos is now progressing with detailing and implementing the development. 

A reserved matters application has been submitted for the first phase of construction, envisaged to start in 2020. 

Enabling works on site are underway in the form of site investigations, ecological mitigation and vegetation clearance to enable topographical surveying and ground investigations. 

The government has also provided additional funding from the Housing Infrastructure fund. This funding is awarded to Cornwall Council and will be used to deliver road infrastructure improvements required on Carbis Road to enable safe and easy access to the development for a range of transport modes and also to fund the essential water and sewerage connections for the scheme.

Last month the Government announced an additional £250,000 funding for the West Carclaze Garden Village from an £8m fund for new homes.

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