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Work begins on mixed development at derelict mine

By West Briton  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

  • The Wheal Harmony team: Simon Williams, contractor; Chris Pomfret, LEP & Convergence; Russell Dodge, of BLS Ltd, and Duncan Warden, of Wheal Harmony Ltd.

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A MINE that has remained derelict for generations is set to spring back into life thanks to a million-pound investment.

Wheal Harmony mine lies to the west of Treleigh Industrial Estate at Redruth and work has now begun to develop the 10.8 acres of brownfield land for mixed future development.

The move has been part financed with £1.2 million by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Convergence programme.

Wheal Harmony Ltd director Simon Williams said: "This land has been a challenge, which I think has only been made possible by ERDF investment filling the funding gap between our private investment and the eventual cost of reclaiming the land.

"The land is heavily contaminated and has major historic mining works which need to be capped and made safe, but once the work has been completed Redruth will have another asset for business and community to be proud of."

The main hurdles that developers have to overcome are several mining issues, invasive Japanese knotweed and other contamination that currently affects the site.

Developers hoped that applying for a 'very good' rating from the Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Assessment and Award Scheme (CEEQUAL) will ensure the site will be as sustainable as possible and create new employment opportunities.

To achieve the rating, the development will be joined by an area of open space, new roads and the provision of land for the future development of affordable and open market housing.

Russell Dodge, director of Business Location Services, said: "Wheal Harmony builds on the success of the Treleigh Industrial Estate to provide new high quality workspace in the Camborne, Pool, and Redruth area. The site has excellent access to the A30 and other industrial estates in the area such as Cornwall Business Park.

"However, Wheal Harmony will also have links to North Redruth and Treleigh by improving the pedestrian and cycle ways to the development which I think highlights the developers' commitment to the CEEQUAL accreditation."

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  • beldono  |  May 08 2014, 5:35PM

    Had to laugh, they say improvements..take it from someone who actually lives here. No improvements to the area, no consultations with the residents. Lives are made living hell up here...increased traffic, alarms going off all day and all night with nothing bieng done about it....houses lit up by bright red lights, no..they don't think of heritage or anyone here just money, money, money again....

  • break  |  May 08 2014, 4:59PM

    Great, only a few more historical mining sites left to destroy now. Idealy before they start building on these mines, they should find out the workforce that used to work at that mine and create an equal amount of jobs there, considering that once the mine is destroyed, the chances of mining there are nil, at least when its brownfield there's still a chance mining could resume there. Wonder which mine will be next.