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New images show what Truro redevelopment could look like

New images show what Truro redevelopment could look like

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:10am 2nd July 2020.

Written by Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

New pictures have been released showing what a major multimillion pound redevelopment in Truro could look like.

An outline planning application has now been submitted to Cornwall Council for the redevelopment of a large site off Pydar Street in Truro City Centre.

It is planned to have hundreds of new homes, a new campus for Falmouth University, office space, shops, restaurants and leisure facilities.

The planning application is for up to 320 homes, 400 student bed spaces and 21,000 sq m of employment space including leisure, office, hotel, community, small retail, education/innovation and food and beverage units.

The site is currently home to four car parks; Carrick House, the former offices of Carrick District Council; Truro Bowl; retail units and empty and partially derelict warehouse units.

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Artist's impression of the planned new Pydar Street development

A design and access statement included with the planning application states:

“The proposed scheme will regenerate a run-down area of the city and help create a vibrant new neighbourhood and destination for Truro. 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.”

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What the Pydar Street development in Truro City Centre could look like

It adds: “A transformed Pydar Street will put community back into the heart of the city, with up to 320 new homes and 400 new bed spaces for students different generations can live together and learn from and support each other. 35% of these new homes will be affordable, with a mix of housing set in a visually stunning landscape with rooftop gardens, play areas and green
spaces.

“The development embraces the idea of intergenerational living, including both student living and later living accommodation in this new urban neighbourhood, as well as a mix of tenures, including affordable, private sale, private rental market and shared ownership, and a diverse range of homes from single person studios to family accommodation.”

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What the Pydar Street development in Truro City Centre could look like

And the report continues: “The redevelopment of Pydar Street is for everyone – one and all – and the public realm and leisure uses will have a vital role to play in making this happen. Not only will Pydar Street attract more people to live in the town centre, it will play a large role in transforming Truro’s evening economy, as well as creating year-round and all-weather activities for the city, its residents and its visitors from across Cornwall and further afield.

“Interactive and robust indoor and outdoor environments, with adaptable and flexible uses, will put community at the core of Pydar Street. There will be historical walks, cafés, restaurants, a hotel and a range of engaging leisure, hospitality and cultural facilities and at the very heart of the scheme a new Community Venue. It will connect the city with the River Allen and its waterfront – opening it up for all to enjoy. The new Pydar Street neighbourhood will complement, not compete with, what Truro already offers.

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What the Pydar Street development in Truro City Centre could look like

“Pydar Street will transform the creative economy of Truro. It will be home to ‘The Hive’, a digitally focused and entrepreneurial new innovative learning and living environment that will help create jobs in high-growth, high-value business that will benefit Cornwall’s wider economy.

"The Hive at Pydar Street will bring together education, research, innovation, business, entertainment and community facilities in a unique environment, and will become a hub for the creative industries, creating jobs and wealth, while ensuring top talent stays in Cornwall.”

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What the Pydar Street development in Truro City Centre could look like

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