Massive investment could make Pool industrial capital
A SMALL, fairly anonymous part of Cornwall is set to become the county's industrial capital.
More than a dozen major projects are either under way, due to start or in the pipeline in the Pool area within the next 12 months or so.
And the multimillion-pound investments will bring jobs, provide new houses, and could lead to improved facilities for people living in the area.
Work is already well under way on 138 houses at Trevenson Park South, a phase one development that has £35 million Heartlands as its closest neighbour.
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Phase two will see between 150 and 180 homes built on the site, with a planning application expected to be submitted by this summer.
Just across the road in the grounds of Cornwall College, the Berlewen Building has been demolished, ready for a development of about 150 homes and 1,500sq m of office space. A planning application is being prepared for submission early in 2014.
A short distance away in Station Road, Carn Brea Leisure Centre is under the spotlight, with a proposal to sell its running track and car parks to a developer.
Cornwall Council could decide to refurbish the centre or try to rebuild it elsewhere, possibly on land on the other side of Station Road, which could be developed, but is in private ownership.
The entrance to Pool from the A30 at Tolvaddon is seen as an important ingredient in the overall master plan.
The Trevenson Gateway, as it is known, includes three key sites surrounding the East Hill Junction.
Buildings on the land have been flattened, mine shafts capped and land cleared in readiness for development, including a hotel overlooking Tuckingmill Valley Park and 5,000 to 6,000sq m of office space.
The design brief is to create "a visually attractive gateway", with "a strong focus and presence".
Included in the design is a £6.1 million Western Power Distribution Building which is already under construction.
Chris Pomfret, chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, said: "The statement building will not only enhance the gateway to Camborne, Pool and Redruth, but will also provide the investment to help create jobs and a long-term presence in Cornwall for Western Power Distribution."
Just across the road from East Hill sits South Crofty Mine, which has conditional planning permission to move its entire mining operation a short distance away, adjacent to the Tuckingmill Decline.
It is a £100 million project that is predicted to create 220 jobs, with the restart of mining scheduled for 2015.
Most of the Crofty buildings that are visible today will be demolished and the land redeveloped.
Once the mine has moved and the new multimillion-pound link road built between Camborne and Redruth, another 107 homes are expected to be built, along with a care home.
An outline planning application is due to be submitted shortly.
Just a short distance further up Dudnance Lane, the existing recycling centre is to be moved to a new site next to Western United Mines, with a planning application to be submitted later this year. On the other side of the A30 at Tolvaddon, a major extension to Tolvaddon Energy Park is now finished. The infrastructure is in place for 9,400sq m of office space and 14,000sq m of industrial space.
The Homes and Communities Agency is in discussions with interested parties about taking over some of the plots. And another piece of land at Tolvaddon is the preferred location for Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service's new station. It will see the closure of Redruth and Camborne community fire stations, with brigade resources combined at one location.
Gareth Beer, director of development for Cornwall Development Company, said: "Over the years a significant amount of planned European investment has been used to accelerate the economic regeneration in Camborne, Pool and Redruth.
"This has resulted in a positive shift in the local economy and we are now seeing the creation of high quality workspace, the arrival of new innovative business activity and improved infrastructure.
"The ongoing regeneration of the area aims to bring the people of Camborne, Pool and Redruth closer together to achieve a common purpose of sustainable economic prosperity."