BUILDING work is set to begin on the Duchy of Cornwall’s gigantic 3,750 home development to the east of Newquay, it was announced this morning.
Construction company Wainhomes has started preparing access to the first phase of the project, which will include 88 open market homes, 38 affordable homes and four office units.
The news comes ahead of a crunch meeting next Thursday when a Cornwall Council committee will consider the remainder of the scheme, which includes 800 more homes, a supermarket, £2.5 million school, church, community orchard and recreation ground.
The Duchy had already secured permission to build the first 500 homes, and claims the development will “meet the future local housing, business, education and health needs of the town in a sustainable way”.
Bob Taylor, managing director of Wainhomes, said: “We have started our site preparations to create an access route off Quintrell Road but it will be January before construction gets underway in earnest.
“We aim to complete around 40 homes a year and this first phase includes a landmark building at the entrance to the site which will include office space on the ground floor.”
Nansledan, which means ‘broad valley’ in Cornish, is expected to be under development for 40 to 50 years and was first mooted in 1991.
Tim Gray, estate surveyor to the Duchy of Cornwall, said: “Nansledan has been more than 20 years in the planning. We are delighted that work is getting underway and like our development at Tregunnel Hill it will champion sustainable development environmentally, socially and economically.”
Work will also begin soon on a new roundabout on Quintrell Road and the first phase of the Newquay Strategic Route (NSR), which will be the backbone of Nansledan, eventually linking the A392 at Hendra Holiday Park with the A3058 and A3059 to the north-east of the town.
The second and third phases of the route are also set to be discussed at Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee meeting on Thursday, December 19.
Besides Nansledan and the NSR, Thursday’s meeting will also see plans appear again for the retail complex at the Trevithick Manor site, opposite Morrison’s supermarket.
The proposals, by Kingsley Developments, were approved in principle at the end of last month, although certain conditions such as the level of Section 106 contributions must still be decided.
At a meeting of Newquay Town Council on Wednesday, councillor John Fitter reminded members of the importance of next Thursday’s meeting.
“This will be a critical day for Newquay,” he said.