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20.10.06
Major investment in Pool regeneration

The regeneration of Camborne, Pool and Redruth in West Cornwall has taken a major step forward with the announcement today (October 20) of a significant investment towards the creation of thousands of new jobs and hundreds of new homes.

The South West of England Regional Development Agency (RDA) has agreed to provide funding to buy up to 147 acres of mainly brownfield land in the former industrial heartland of Pool, and to use its compulsory purchase powers.

The RDA will endeavour to buy the 114 different parcels of land by negotiation while the CPO process takes its course.

This includes land centred around the former Camborne School of Mines and Robinson's Shaft complex, key sites surrounding the East Hill junction off the A30 dual carriageway, and the 33 acre site of the former South Crofty mine. The land is vital for the creation of at least 2,000 new job opportunities, 580 new homes, the £30 million Heartlands Project (see below) and a range of other employment, leisure, and transport projects that have evolved from public consultation over the last five years. Only land that is essential to the long-term regeneration of Pool has been identified for acquisition.

The RDA will work with Cornwall County Council to take proper account of any legal requirement to protect the mineral resources at South Crofty and their future working.

The South West RDA, national regeneration agency English Partnerships and possibly the new European Convergence Programme for Cornwall will meet the estimated £25 million costs of buying the land and paying compensation and disturbance costs to businesses that need relocating.

CPR Regeneration, the urban regeneration company for Camborne, Pool and Redruth, will lead negotiations with landowners to buy sites and is already talking to many of them.

Nick Buckland, deputy chairman of the South West RDA, said: "Today's announcement represents a huge step forward for the regeneration of Camborne, Pool and Redruth. Buying this land will unlock the enormous regeneration potential of the area by creating the conditions that are vital to attract investment. Without this step there is a very real risk that the regeneration aims that have been clearly defined over the last five years would simply not happen."

Nigel Tipple, chief executive of CPR Regeneration, said: "The social and economic aspirations that we share with the local community will only be achieved if we develop the area in a comprehensive and managed way. The commitment of the RDA to invest in land and use its CPO powers will be a catalyst to achieving that aim and will give the private sector the confidence to take up the many investment opportunities that will be created as a result."

David Warburton, area director for English Partnerships, said: "We have made significant land acquisitions in the area to ensure the delivery of high quality, sustainable neighborhoods and we welcome the support from the RDA, which will help us to drive forward the regeneration of Pool for the benefit of local people."

Andrew Mitchell, economy portfolio holder at Cornwall County Council said: "We fully support the use of the RDA's CPO powers to acquire whatever land is necessary to deliver the investment this area needs. Pool has one of the highest concentrations of brownfield land in the region and its transformation will bring lasting benefits not just to the local community but to Cornwall as a whole."

Mark Kaczmarek, economy and regeneration portfolio holder at Kerrier District Council, said: "What local people want to see more than anything is things happening on the ground. There's a time for change and that time has come. This announcement gives us confidence that regeneration will be happening here and we're looking forward to a positive approach to the whole area. The local authorities understand the need to comply with any legal requirement to protect tin reserves, recognised in the recent ROMPS application granted by the County Council and the World Heritage Site status recently given to this area."

The areas identified for acquisition include a number of key sites that are vital to realising the regeneration plans for the area, all of which are set out in Kerrier District Council's draft Area Action Plan for Camborne, Pool and Redruth. This has evolved through public consultation and shows where most growth and redevelopment should take place over the next 20 years.

The sites include:

Trevenson Road: CPR Regeneration and English Partnerships have over the last 18 months drawn up detailed plans to create 2,000 new office-based jobs and 580 homes mainly on land east of Dudnance Lane. It includes the RDA's £7.3 million Omega Innovation Centre, which was recently granted planning permission, and Kerrier District Council's £30 million Heartlands Project to create a new urban park and restore the historic Robinson's Shaft complex as a gateway to West Cornwall's World Heritage Sites.
East Hill junction: a detailed scheme has been drawn up by the county council in discussion with the Highways Authority to ease this major traffic bottleneck, which includes access to the A30 dual carriageway. Land needs to be acquired to make this happen and without major improvements to the junction future development of the area will be severely constrained.
Land to the west of Dudnance Lane: including the South Crofty site, this has been earmarked in Kerrier District Council's draft Area Action Plan for employment and leisure uses. This could include a new integrated health and leisure facility including a relocated health centre and replacement for Carn Brea Leisure Centre and land for the new East Hill junction, the East West link road (see below) and improvements to Dudnance Lane.
East West link road: A new £48 million access road is planned to ease congestion, open up further land for development and ensure that new developments are properly integrated within the local transport network. Cornwall County Council has applied to the Government for funding to support the scheme. The areas identified for acquisition include land that is essential to build the new road, including part of the South Crofty site.

The RDA has written to all landowners that have so far been identified within the proposed CPO area to inform them of its resolution to use its CPO powers.

For further information please contact Jason Clark at Deborah Clark and Associates Ltd on 01872 276276 or email jason@dclark.co.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in CPR Urban Regeneration Company through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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Clare Morgan
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