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Will this be just another housing estate
• The “China Clay Heritage Park” with approximately 140 hectares (350 acres) of open space and an extensive network of new sports and recreational facilities.
• A 7 MW solar park will fund the Greenspace plan AND Offset energy consumption.
• Significant new job creation
• A village centre containing shops, a new primary school, health centre and community centre.
• A variety of innovative house types and a range of construction options from self build to full build. Taken together these create a 21st-century new community, not just a housing estate.
Will the Sky Tip remain
Yes, the Sky Tip will remain as it is today and will become the focal point of an extensive China Clay Heritage Park.
Will there be affordable homes
We will deliver at least 450 affordable homes and incorporate self-build and custom build housing (where we build and you finish) which will deliver even more homes in the affordable price range.
How about homes for local people
We will offer every open market home to local people first. Affordable Housing will be allocated via Cornwall Council’s waiting list – local people will have priority for every single home built.
Will the development create a flood risk
We have undertaken extensive studies and flood risk modelling. Our proposals use the water bodies as attenuation ponds and a sustainable urban drainage scheme (SUDS) means the water run off rate from the site at peak rainfall periods will be reduced from 27.5 litres per second today to 10.
When will the infrastructure go in
The A391 improvement at Carluddon has been delivered at a cost of £12 million and further studies are underway for the next phase to the A30.
The water and sewerage upgrades are already included in South West Water’s forward plan. The first form of the primary school and the community centre will be delivered as part of the initial phase of development.
What about new job creation
This significant project will open up the potential for a variety of employment types.
Apart from long term construction jobs, there will be opportunities in business (home working or via the Carluddon Technology Park), retail, education and community services to name but a few.
We also anticipate the raising of the profile of the mid-Cornwall and St Austell areas will lead to many new opportunities, which will not occur if the development doesn’t go ahead.
Do we really need all these new homes
Cornwall Council has amended its Local Plan increasing its housing numbers to 52,500 new homes in the county over the life of the plan with 7,100 new homes to support growth in the St Austell, St Blazey, Par and Clay District area, where 3,553 people are already identified as being in housing need.
Whilst a proportion of these houses have been built or have planning permission already, further sites are required and our proposals provide an opportunity to use redundant land to do more than just build homes.
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