Camborne Town Deal has reached another important milestone with the announcement that a state-of-the-art cultural and community hub is going to be developed in two former council offices on Basset Road, close to the town centre.
Cornwall Council originally intended to sell off The White House and Basset Centre but has instead agreed that the two listed properties should be transformed into a mixed-use facility to benefit local residents. The buildings are adjacent, easily accessible and share the same garden and parking area.
Camborne Town Council will lead on the project which is part of a large-scale regeneration programme that includes a park being created on vacant space in Kerrier Way, next to Tesco filling station. Public realm improvements to Trelowarren Street and Commercial Square are also aimed at making the town centre a greener, more sustainable and pleasant place for shoppers.
Replacing the Buzz Station originally proposed in the Town Investment Plan, the town centre’s major redevelopment will benefit a much wider area and become a focal point for leisure, learning and commerce.
Initial concepts for the Basset Centre and White House include a modern, well-resourced library, a youth café, co-working amenities, a flexible performance space that could be used for a range of entertainment and community purposes and a piazza.
“We’re delighted to announce this exciting milestone moment,” said Val Dalley, chair of the Camborne Town Deal board.
“A diverse community and cultural hub will provide real opportunity for people of all ages and community involvement has a vital role in our planning process. To that end, we’ll be holding public consultations in the coming weeks so that local residents and businesses can come along, find out more about our concepts and give us their input.”
Regenerating the town centre is one of the eight Camborne Town Deal projects put forward to receive funding from the Government’s Towns Fund. Business cases have been submitted to Government for final approval on some of the other Town Deal projects and the release of the first part of the Town Deal funding is expected this September.
Running until March 2026, the Town Deal funding will help to transform the appearance of the high street, open up a network of cycleways, renovate the rugby ground, create new sports facilities, establish a world-class fibre park, facilitate food and farming enterprise and turn the town’s Donald Thomas Centre into a contemporary crafts hub.
Public consultations are being planned for early August.