The Government has announced that Cornwall Council has been successful in its bid for money from the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund.
Through a competitive bidding process, £5.7m has been allocated to unlock the redevelopment of Hayle Harbour North Quay. This funding will go towards building road access to support the delivery of 580 homes and commercial development on the north side of Hayle Harbour.
Another £2.3m has been won to help regenerate 500 acres of former china clay land and develop a garden village in West Carclaze near St Austell which will bring forward 1,500 new homes. The new village will also have health and community facilities, a primary school, employment floorspace, leisure facilities and a country park.
Delivering quality new homes is one of the Council’s much vaunted Priorities.
Cllr Andrew Mitchell said: “I’m delighted to welcome this funding at for two key housing hotspots. The highly competitive bidding process saw the Government assess each project on its strategic ambition, benefit to cost ratio and deliverability so the success of our bids shows confidence in the economic and housing strategies developed by the Council to unlock housing development and boost economic growth in Cornwall.
“It is important that we help to deliver the quality housing that we need for Cornwall which is set out in the Cornwall Local Plan. The Council is committed to being instrumental in the delivery of 1,000 new homes over the next five years.”
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It is important that we help to deliver the quality housing that we need for Cornwall which is set out in the Cornwall Local Plan. The Council is committed to being instrumental in the delivery of 1,000 new homes over the next five years.”
The funding to deliver the road at Hayle Harbour will unlock the building of 583 homes and commercial development.
Cornwall Councillor for Hayle North John Pollard said: “This is great news. Cornwall Council has been responsible for improving the area around North Quay over the last few years and gaining this award from Government should unlock the further development and provision of housing which has never been advanced. We need to avoid piecemeal development in this area and its vital that Cornwall Council takes the lead in the use of this money to further boost the opportunities of a prosperous future for Hayle.”
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Cllr Mitchell added “Similarly, the successful bid for the West Carclaze Garden Village gives us a unique opportunity to deliver 1,500 new homes as part of an attractive and vibrant sustainable new garden village on redundant industrial land. It is a key part of the regeneration of the wider St Austell, St Blazey and the China Clay Area.”
John Hodkin, Managing Director of Eco-Bos, which is leading the West Carclaze Garden Village project, said: “We welcome today’s announcement of Government funding as further support and recognition for the West Carclaze Garden Village scheme. This funding allocation underpins key infrastructure elements of our proposals including utilities and services that will need to be brought forward early in phase one.
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“The project represents a huge opportunity to regenerate and transform former china clay land – creating new homes employment and leisure opportunities – and bringing long-term economic, environmental and social benefits to the new and existing communities in Mid Cornwall.
“We are now in the process of working up the details of the first phase and we look forward to being able to share these with the local community in the spring.”
Steve Double MP, in whose constituency the new West Carclaze Garden Village will sit, commented
“I have always supported the delivery of more homes for Mid-Cornwall, as there is a pressing need especially for the future of our young people, but my support has always been on the condition that they are in appropriate locations and that we secure the appropriate infrastructure, jobs and investment to go support them. I believe that the Garden Village will achieve this”
“Infrastructure was one of my 6 priorities for our constituency when I was first elected in 2015 and I am pleased to be able to continue to deliver on this promise. This funding will help in providing the infrastructure and I look forward to continuing to make the case to attract more investment and will do everything I can to ensure this development is the best it can be for the people of Mid-Cornwall.”