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Cornwall Council agrees to accept £1.4 million grant to kick-start eco town development

By CG_News  |  Posted: September 18, 2013

A computer genertated image of how one of the eco town sites could look

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COUNCIL leaders have today agreed to accept a £1.4 million government grant to kick-start an eco-town development in St Austell.

Cornwall Council’s cabinet gave the backing to accept the money, which will be used to draw up a masterplan and eventually a full planning application for the site at West Carclaze.

It could see up to 1,500 new homes built along with a new primary school and road improvements around Bugle and Stenalees.

The ambitious plans for the eco town were first mooted seven years ago, along with five other sites including a scheme at Par Docks.

However, last year the private firm spearheading the development – Eco-Bos – announced it was to scale back its operations due to the tough economic climate.

Speaking at today’s meeting, councillor Bert Biscoe said he had some concerns.

“It does look like a bit of a rescue mission,” he said.

Mr Biscoe said that he did not want to Par Docks to be lost as port, if the regeneration plans for that site ever materialised.

“If Cornwall Council leads the project… then I have some concerns about Par Docks. It is extremely important to the future infrastructural provision of Cornwall.”

However, ward councillor David Hughes said Par Docks is no longer used in that capacity and that the deep water port of Fowey was more than capable of handling larger vessels.

Dick Cole, councillor for St Enoder, said he had concerns about the “scale” of the housing development and wanted assurances that, should the scheme not get built, that the 1,500 homes would not be re-allocated to St Austell.

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  • annie0103  |  September 18 2013, 3:21PM

    http://tinyurl.com/nuj5dm8 is what I'm talking about, there are several lakes which are actually disused gravel pits. Please don't let the company exclude more locals.

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  • annie0103  |  September 18 2013, 3:15PM

    Eco homes? More like 'expensive homes by a fake lake' fit for second home owners. Take a look at the South Cerney development just north of Swindon in Wiltshire. I'd like to see a 'locals only, occupied 12 months a year' policy if the scheme goes ahead.

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