Cornwall Council has announced several local regeneration projects recently, which will help with jobs and economic improvements in areas across Cornwall.

3 new workspace centres

£13m of building contracts has been announced for workspace centres to grow the economy and support local jobs. Two of the developments will be supporting the fast-growing creative sector – already of huge importance to the economy of Cornwall.    

  • The Penzance Creative Cluster will be a new 1,500m2 facility at Causewayhead which will provide up to 30 modern studios and workspaces for creative enterprises.   
  • At Liskeard Cattle Market, the new workspace development is part of the larger regeneration programme which will transform the towns old cattle market site, which is partly derelict and under-used since the closure of the livestock market in 2017. 

The third scheme is a 1,800m2 extension to the Hayle Marine Renewables Business Park, building on the success of the first phase which completed in 2015 and has reached full occupancy. 

For the full press release, see the Council’s press pages.

Langarth Garden Village, near Truro

The new village planned for the outskirts of Truro will have a rewewable power energy centre, generating 20 megawatts of green energy. Other renewable energy sources will be used to power the homes and businesses on the site as well.

You can read about the renewable energy plant here, and find out the details of the Langarth Garden Village proposals here, where on the Community Engagement pages for the project.

Threemilestone Community Centre expansion approved

The community centre in Threemilestone, outside Truro, has been given the go-ahead to expand, using Cornwall Council funding.

The plans approved include creating a new entrance foyer with an area for people to wait and shelter from the weather, and a digital information screen, improved access, an additional meeting room and storage space, fully accessible toilets with a ‘changing places’ facility with hoist, shower, and baby changing facilities. 

The building will have solar panels on the roof to provide green energy, and a COVID-secure air filtration system.  

Work will begin on constructing the first phase in spring 2021, with the Community Centre extension expected to be completed by summer 2021. 

Youi can find out more here.

14 new Green projects given funding

14 projects have become the first to be funded through the Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy Fund, announced in the summer.

The funded projects are:

  • The 2 Minute Foundation: £32,576 to convert an old beach office and toilets at Bude into an education centre with a community hub and office space 
  • Falmouth Town Council: £43,276 to install a boardwalk to bridge the gap between other components of the Falmouth Green Corridor 
  • Chyan Community Trust: £25,000 for a pathway, play trail, signage, multi-use workshop floor area in Mabe 
  • Urban Biodiversity CIC – Newquay Community Orchard: £65,000 to improve access routes through the orchard and to carry out final landscaping works, including the planting of over 700 new trees by the community. 
  • Our Only World: £67,500 to manufacture and place water bottle refill stations across Cornwall 
  • Walker Lines Gymnasium Trust, Bodmin: £53,345 to install 104 solar panels, which will cover more than 50 per cent of the trust’s electricity needs 
  • South Kerrier Alliance CIC: £32,645 to create a fully accessible walking and cycling route between Porthleven and the existing routes within the Penrose Estate 
  • Launceston Community Development Trust: £35,000 for the planting and landscaping of a community orchard, creating a connected hub with community buildings, several connected paths and crossings, and provide the site with a drainage scheme to reduce flood risk. The project also includes maintenance and protection of present trees, newly planted trees, and hedgerows 
  • Troon Association Football Club: £30,000 for the refurbishment and extension of changing rooms and club house facilities for the club and wider community 
  • Budehaven Community School: £45,702 for a sustainable temporary structure with surrounding wildlife garden to provide accommodation for pupils at risk of exclusion 
  • Dobwalls and Trewidland Parish Council: £30,000 to create a community nature space and for recreational activities 
  • Co Cars Ltd: £62,500 to launch a scheme with 18 e-bikes for hire, by the hour, available from charging points at Chy Trevail, town centre and at least four other locations around Bodmin 
  • Co Cars Ltd: £58,000 to create an infrastructure of 2 electric cars with EV charging plus 2 public charging points in Bude 
  • Stithians Energy Group: £42,395 for the installation of solar panels and a storage battery at the Stithians Centre 

You can read the full press release here. Congratulations to them all!