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Work on major development projects in Cornwall to continue

Work on major development projects in Cornwall to continue

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:22am 14th April 2020.

Written by Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

Work on major development projects in Cornwall is continuing despite the coronavirus crisis.

Cornwall Council said today that it was still working on schemes such as the Langarth Garden Village and Pydar Street development despite the coronavirus being the current priority for the council.

The Langarth Garden Village moved forward last month when the council announced that it had acquired 120 acres of land for the development which will include up to 4,000 homes and related development on the outskirts of Truro.

langarth garden village

Phil Mason, strategic director for economic growth and development, said that while the amount of work which could be done was restricted due to coronavirus it had not stopped completely.

He said: “What we can do at the moment is technical work. With Langarth we are looking at the planning application for the masterplan which we are preparing.

“We are continuing to work on major projects where we can.”

Mr Mason said that while the council was restricted in what it could do with regards to elements such as surveys it was able to continue with work behind the scenes.

Pydar Street redevelopment

The director said that the council was dependent on other organisations and companies to carry out works which were not currently available so there could be delays.

Mr Mason also said the Government was making money available for infrastructure such as the access road which will run through the Langarth development.

He said that while nothing could be done at this time the council would be starting “as soon as possible on getting that in place”.

And he said the council would be looking to prioritise rental accommodation and extra care accommodation as part of the development.

Mr Mason also said that while there was uncertainty about where the housing market might be after the coronavirus crisis there would still be a need for homes.

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