Quintrell Downs business park will help to fill up 'empty corner'
CORNWALL'S first new business park in years will start to take shape in Quintrell Downs next month.
Fortdown Developments Ltd is to start work on the first phase in November after securing £2.7 million from the European Regional Development Fund, established by the European Commission to stimulate economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs.
The park is part of a major scheme which will also include 117 homes, 52 classed as affordable, on land near the West Road roundabout.
Completion of the industrial phase, which will provide 16,344sq ft of units, is scheduled for late spring.
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Pat Lambshead, Cornwall and Colan parish councillor, said the development was needed in an area of Quintrell Downs he knew as "the empty corner".
"I was one of the few people in Quintrell Downs who actually supported it," he said.
"There are supposed to be two or three shops as well. The important thing is the employment opportunities and the opportunity for firms. I think it'll all help keep employment in Newquay and the Quintrell Downs area.
"If we can keep people in Newquay that's better."
The first buildings on the site, between Newquay and the A30, will include a terrace of four units, each providing 1,832sq ft of space, and two larger semidetached units each offering 4,508sq ft of space.
The Newquay-based developer says the plans include solar PV and other environmentally friendly technologies, parking spaces, cycle storage and recycling facilities.
In addition, there is adjacent land suitable for larger design-and-build units and, fronting the main road, further land offers opportunities for uses such as retail, subject to planning consent.
Alder King and Stratton Creber Commercial have been appointed agents.
Tom Duncan, of Alder King, said it was a highly significant development.
"Made viable as a result of the grant funding, it will provide Cornwall with much-needed Grade A industrial space and employment opportunities," he said. "Demand for quality space is always strongest for sites close to the A30, which has once again been confirmed by the several serious expressions of interest received from Newquay-based companies."
The units will be available to let or for sale on 999-year leases.
Further information is available from Alder King on 01872 227005 or Stratton Creber on 01872 261028.