Duchy unveils 20-year plan for 3,750 home development
Duchy of Cornwall plans for a major housing development near Newquay could have a "key role" in driving forward the county's economy, a senior councillor has said.
The Duchy wants to build up to 800 homes, a supermarket as well as local facilities on land to the east of the town known as Nansledan.
The development is regarded as vital, with the supermarket deal paying for key infrastructure which will ease local traffic and link to the Aerohub enterprise zone at Newquay Airport.
An outline planning application has now been submitted by Prince Charles' Duchy as part of a 20-year strategy for the site which could eventually accommodate 3,750 homes over 540 acres.
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It's been welcomed by business and community leaders who stressed its importance both the town and wider economy.
Chris Ridgers, Cornwall Council's Cabinet member for Economy and Regeneration, said: "This scheme has a potentially key role to play in driving Cornwall's economy, not just through construction jobs and local materials but in delivering new infrastructure such as the Newquay strategic route.
"This will be important to realising the potential of the Aerohub enterprise zone at Newquay Airport where our aspiration is to create 5,000 quality jobs."
Andy Cole, chairman of the Newquay Regeneration Forum, added: "We've always supported Nansledan because of its potential to create more year-round quality jobs.
"The Duchy's long-term approach is a rare and welcome opportunity to plan ahead for decades and manage the growth of our town in a sustainable way so that we get the right balance between new homes, jobs and local facilities."
The Duchy of Cornwall is working on the development with the building consortium of Morrish Builders, CG Fry and Son, and Wainhomes.
The development of is being governed by a comprehensive sustainability strategy which includes energy use and generation, water use and conservation, transport, and using local Cornish materials wherever possible.
Work on the first phase is scheduled to start in the New Year. This will include 126 new homes, employment space and the first part of the strategic route that will eventually connect Hendra in the south to Rialton Road in the north.
It has also recently applied for outline permission for up to 8,685 square metres of employment space – enough to support around 600 jobs – opposite Hendra Holiday Park.
Duchy estate surveyor Tim Gray said: "This is potentially a seminal step for Nansledan and if approved by Cornwall Council would allow us to plan ahead for 20 years and make possible the timely delivery of the community benefits identified locally as a priority."