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Eco-town bid back on as economy recovers

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 18, 2013

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A development which has been hailed as one of Cornwall's most important regeneration schemes is back on the table after stalling for two years because of the recession.

Members of Cornwall Council's Cabinet will tomorrow discuss a proposal to build 1,500 homes at West Carclaze, which was one of six locations ear-marked for eco-communities in 2009.

A planning application was submitted in 2011 but this has not been progressed as the scheme was deemed to be economically unviable in this form.

But in July, Cornwall Council was awarded £1.4 million worth of funding to get the proposal moving again.

Chris Pomfret, chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, said the scheme was "undoubtedly blocked" at present, adding: "I think the concept of regenerating the clay country must be a key part of regenerating Cornwall so anything that is being done to help unblock that must be welcomed."

The towns were ear-marked to be built on land owned by china clay firm Imerys after it scaled back on its mining activities in Cornwall.

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