Public exhibition on eco-town proposals

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A major public exhibition is to be held in St Austell town centre to give people the opportunity to help shape proposals for the mid-Cornwall clay country eco-town.

Eco-town promoter and experienced town builder Orascom Development, together with its joint venture partners, Imerys Minerals and the Eden Project, is calling on the entire community to become involved in the project which aims to positively transform the economy and environment of mid-Cornwall.

The eco-town proposals will create sustainable new communities by re-developing six former china clay sites owned by Imerys to provide more than 5,000 homes, new jobs, a sustainable transport infrastructure, leisure facilities and green space.

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The latest proposals for the eco-town will be on show with more detailed plans for the Pilot and Phase One schemes at West Carclaze/Baal and Par. Feedback from visitors will be used in the production of a high level strategy document putting the whole scheme in to context as well as the Pilot/Phase One planning applications which will be submitted for approval to Cornwall Council later this year.

Samih Sawiris, chairman and chiefexecutive of Orascom Development Holding, will open the exhibition at 6pm on Thursday March 25 and will join the project team in being available to discuss the plans personally with visitors.

The exhibition is being staged in specially-converted vacant shop space in Aylmer Square, within the recently completed White River Place development, and will remain open to the public to visit during Friday and Saturday (March 26-27).

The mid-Cornwall clay country eco-town project is one of only four schemes nationally be awarded ‘Eco-town’ status by the UK Government earlier this year.

It is focused on six former industrial china clay mining sites owned by Imerys at West Carclaze and Baal, Par Docks, Goonbarrow, Blackpool and Nanpean and Drinnick.