Decision day comes for St Austell eco-community
CORNWALL COUNCIL is trying to kick-start the stalled flagship eco-communities development in St Austell.
Cabinet chiefs will today decide if they should accept £1.4m from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
The cash will be used to prepare a planning application for 1,500 homes at West Carclaze, a new primary school and road improvements around Bugle and Stenalees.
However, landowners Imerys and Eco-Bos – a joint venture firm with Swiss company Orascom Development – who were originally the driving force by the scheme will continue to build the project.
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Over the past three years Eco-Bos has been working on bold plans to redevelop six former china clay sites and provide 5,500 environmentally friendly homes over the next 20 years across 700 hectares.
The other sites include Baal, Par Docks, Goonbarrow, Blackpool and Nanpean and Drinnick.
But late last year Eco-Bos announced "it was scaling back their operations due to concerns about the prolonged adverse economic climate", and the need for "greater certainty" from the emerging Local Plan.
In a report by Ruth Ormello, project director for eco-communities, presented to the Cabinet yesterday, she stated the new application would be different to the one Eco-Bos submitted
"The new proposal will be smaller than the previous proposals and will focus on West Carclaze, leaving the majority of land at Baal as existing.
"These changes respond to the many comments received from the local community and other stakeholders." If the Cabinet approves the report, Cornwall Council will receive the funding in two tranches; £554,260 in 2013-14 and £860,760 in 2014-2015.