West Carclaze / Baal Eco Community
Urban design Environmental planning
2010: South West Royal Town Planning Institute
(SWRTPI) Awards - Commendation
When Imerys Minerals Limited announced a major restructuring of its Cornwall china clay operations, situated within the St Austell area, this resulted in over 700 hectares of former minerals land surplus to requirements, including clay pits and other drying and processing infrastructure. Imerys wished to use this land resource positively by taking advantage of the unique opportunities presented by the release of this land to regenerate the clay area and create a lasting legacy.
We worked with Imerys to review opportunities and helped to prepare the Clay Country Vision. This sought to create new sustainable mixed-use communities in and around the existing clay area settlements, to deliver much needed new and affordable housing and stimulate the growth of jobs to tackle the existing socio-economic weakness.
Terence O’Rourke prepared detailed master plans and a hybrid planning application for delivery of this part of the eco-community, which included a detailed scheme for Phase 1. The Baal/West Carclaze element involved the reclamation of over 250 hectares of land in the heart of the clay country area. The proposals were to create 1,000-2,500 homes in a series of walkable neighbourhoods linked to a mixed-use village centre. Based on the principles established by this work, Cornwall Council led on revised outline proposals for a new mixed-use community. We advised on drafting of planning conditions and the section 106 legal agreement, leading to the successful grant of planning permission.
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