Exhibition visitors see proposals for first phase of West Carclaze Garden Village

More than 200 people attended a two-day exhibition held to showcase proposals for the first phase of development at the West Carclaze Garden Village, near St Austell.

Cornwall Council planners last year approved reusing former china clay land north of St Austell to create a vibrant and sustainable new eco-community featuring 1,500 new homes, community facilities and approximately 350 acres of green space.

The exhibition featured detailed proposal for the first 350 new homes – 30% of which will be Affordable in line with Cornwall Council’s housing criteria – together with a new school and extensive community facilities to be delivered from the start of the development.

Visitors had the opportunity to meet Eco-Bos representatives to discuss the proposals in detail. Also present was the ACE Academy, which is working in partnership with Eco-Bos to deliver a new 420-place primary and nursery school; and representatives of the Wheal Martyn Museum and South West Lakes Trust, which will manage West Carclaze’s open space through a new Land Trust.

John Hodkin, Eco-Bos Managing Director, was delighted with the turnout and the overwhelmingly positive feedback received for the Phase One proposals.

He said: “People recognise the opportunity here to develop a sustainable community creating homes for all and employment opportunities which will bring environmental, social and economic benefits for those that will live here as well as the existing neighbouring villages.

“Our approach in ensuring the school, health and community facilities are delivered up-front is something which sets West Carclaze apart as a sustainable development and was widely supported.

“There was also a real appreciation from visitors for the use of green space within the new community and the huge areas of lakes, recreation and wildlife habitat which will be opened up to the public through the project and protected in perpetuity by the new Land Trust.”

The event was held on Friday and Saturday, August 3 and 4, 2018, at the recently-completed new ESAM (Enterprise Space for Advanced Manufacturing) complex, which is linked to the Garden Village project and was built on land donated by Eco-Bos and Imerys.

Visitors to the event had the opportunity to learn more about the range of mostly 1, 2 and 3 bed homes which will form the majority of phase one’s 350 properties, 30% (105) of which will be Affordable, and a further 5% of plots available for self-build or custom-built homes.

A new village centre, providing from the outset the framework for a sustainable new community, will include a new 420-place primary and nursery school being delivered in partnership with the ACE Academy, health facilities including doctor and dentist surgeries, and shops and community facilities.

The wider West Carclaze Garden Village masterplan approved by planners will see the transformation of a huge swathe of redundant china clay land north of St Austell over the next two decades.

As well as providing 1,500 new homes and community facilities, two-thirds of the site (or approximately 350 acres) will be designated as green open space, creating a China Clay Heritage Park with miles of new paths and trails, lakes & wildlife habitats and sports and recreation facilities – all managed by a community land trust and with the Sky Tip at its heart.

Long term funding for the land trust will be provided by a new 9 MW solar park, which will also offset energy consumption in the garden village.