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Masterplan revealed for Launceston including 950 new homes

Masterplan revealed for Launceston including 950 new homes

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:31am 30th July 2020.

Written by Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

A masterplan has been drawn up for a major expansion of Launceston which could see up to 950 homes being built.

The Launceston Southern Growth Area Masterplan has been published by Cornwall Council and is currently subject to public consultation.

Local residents have until August 10th to comment on the masterplan which has been drawn up following earlier public displays of the proposals.

The Cornwall Local Plan states that there is a need for around 350 homes to be built in Launceston by 2030.

In the masterplan an area at Withnoe has been earmarked for 300 homes and also has an area at Hurdon Road marked for “future direction of growth” for 650 homes.

A site at Badash has been allocated for employment use with 14,000 square metres for office space and 10,000 sq m for industrial use.

Another site at Landlake Road has been earmarked for future development for employment use.

Launceston Southern Growth Area
Image showing the proposed land uses as part of Launceston Growth Area Masterplan

The concept plan summary document states: “Launceston Town Council and Cornwall Council wants to set out how development within this location should come forward; with the ambition of enabling a step change in the quality of development being built, and maximising benefits to the wider community.

“The process of preparing this concept plan has involved meetings and workshops with Cornwall Council officers, Launceston Town Councillors,
local land owners and community consultation to understand all the issues and explore how best to deliver a comprehensive scheme under different ownerships. The aim is to avoid piecemeal ad-hoc development occurring and instead focus on creating a high quality comprehensive new neighbourhood.

“The final concept plan will be adopted by Cornwall Council and will be used as guidance, when considering future planning applications for the land in question.”

The document says that the new developments would be built over the next 10 to 20 years and that the first new homes would not start to be built until late 2021 at the earliest.

It states that the new homes would be designed to meet the requirements of Cornwall Council’s declaration of a climate emergency with a need for them to be energy efficient and with reduced carbon emissions.

Launceston Southern Growth Area
Plan indicating the various land uses as part of Launceston Growth Area Masterplan

There is also a need to maximise open space and provide areas which could be used as part of the council’s Forest for Cornwall.

The masterplan says that a planned two-form entry primary school will be built within walking distance of the new developments and that there are investigations to look at expanding Launceston College.

Launceston Medical Centre is being expanded and the plan says that “the need for any further health facilities as a result of the new development will continue to be explored”.

On transport the plan says there are plans for a network of routes for pedestrians and cyclists. A main street would be provided running across the main development area.

There are also plans for new parks and play areas as well as new sport pitches and changing facilities that can be used by both new and existing residents.

A neighbourhood centre would be created which would have facilities such as shops, cafe, dentist, pubs, restaurants, takeaways and creche.

Launceston Southern Growth Area
Plan showing proposed green areas and infrastructure as part of Launceston Growth Area Masterplan

Have your say:

Consultation on the concept plan is currently open and ends on August 10th.

To comment go to www.cornwall.gov.uk/launcestonplan or email delivery@cornwall.gov.uk

Comments can also be posted to Launceston Concept Plan Consultation, Sustainable Growth & Innovation, 1st Floor, Dolcoath Avenue, Camborne, TR14 8SX.

Questions about the plan can also be sent to delivery@cornwall.gov.uk or call 0300 1234 151.

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