Eco-Bos is bringing forward exciting plans to transform redundant china clay land north of St Austell into a vibrant and sustainable new eco-community.
The West Carclaze Eco-Community would see 1,500 new homes built, hundreds of new jobs created, huge areas of green space opened up to the public and an estimated £1 billion pumped into the local economy over the next 20 years.
The principle of re-using this once thriving area of mining activity to create an eco-community is now firmly part of Cornwall Council’s adopted Local Plan. And West Carclaze was further endorsed by the awarding of Garden Village status to the scheme by government in January 2017.
With a 420 new pupil primary school to be built, right from the start of development, as well as a community centre, healthcare facilities and local shops, the project will bring significant benefits to residents of the new community and the existing neighbouring villages.
Around 1,000 potential employment opportunities will be created – including the early phased delivery of Carluddon Technology Park already under way – and links made to superfast broadband to allow for efficient home-working.
Some 450 of the new homes will be affordable. There will be provision for self and custom build, priority purchasing schemes for local people and opportunities for local builders to acquire and develop plots.
And 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 path and trails, lakes & wildlife habitats and sports & recreation facilities – all managed by a community land trust and with the Sky Tip at its heart, standing tribute to the area’s heritage and history.
Everything from single bed apartments to four bedroom family homes will be built and local people will be offered first choice of the properties for sale for an initial period before sales are opened up to the wider market.
With a focus on sustainability , features of the new homes include, electric car charging points, real time monitoring of energy and water usage and south facing buildings for solar gain.
Eco-Bos is a local company created as a joint venture between Orascom Development and Imerys Minerals to deliver the regeneration of redundant china clay mining and processing sites across Mid-Cornwall including at West Carclaze and at nearby Par Docks.
An outline planning application for the West Carclaze scheme, developed following extensive consultation and feedback from the public, is currently lodged for consideration by Cornwall Planning.
For more information visit www.westcarclaze.co.uk