People in Bodmin are being asked for their views on a masterplan to develop an area of the town to help meet Cornwall’s housing needs.

There is substantial pressure on housing in Cornwall and addressing local housing need is the top priority for the Council.

The Cornwall Local Plan, which sets out where development is preferred, sets out a target for Bodmin of 3,100 homes between 2010 and 2030. With that in mind, six areas in the Bodmin area have been earmarked and now a vision for the St Lawrence site is being brought forward.

The site is expected to deliver around 780 new homes and a masterplan has been developed for “a green, sustainable and vibrant new neighbourhood, with a focus on reconnecting people with nature and prioritising the health and wellbeing of the community”.

The Council’s portfolio holder for housing and planning, Olly Monk, said: “This would be a flagship new development for the main gateway to Bodmin from the west and one that supports a more sustainable lifestyle for the future.

“While we know that there is a great need for housing in Cornwall, and addressing that need is one of our top priorities, it is absolutely crucial that quality new homes are delivered in a sustainable way, in the right locations and with the infrastructure to support them.”

The masterplan document will be subject of a public consultation from Tuesday, September 7, until Tuesday, November 30.

Included are a new two-form entry primary school and a sports park to the north of the site.

A new mixed-use village centre is proposed, for people to gather, socialise and interact. The village centre would be a focal point that provides shops, community facilities and co-working spaces.

Recognising the importance of the green habitat corridor to the west, the masterplan proposes a new green space on the western edge, utilising the Bodmin and Wenford Steam railway as an “iconic backdrop” for a proposed Railway Park.

To have your say, click here.