Go ahead for regeneration project

CGI of site

New life is to be breathed into the main part of the former Baltic Pine site near Penzance after phase three of a multi-million pound regeneration project was given the go ahead.

The £7.5 million environmentally-friendly scheme will see the remaining 3.5 acre site at Long Rock, which has stood disused since 2006, transformed into bespoke office units, three new office/workshops and 14 residential dwellings.

The former Monroe Packing Shed will also be refurbished into office and workspace.

Southampton-based developer Questmap and Penzance-based RLT Architects are behind the project, and RLT director Steve McTeare said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to regenerate an area that has stood derelict for over four years into a viable, sustainable and integral part of the Long Rock and Penzance communities.

“We’re very excited to be working on a scheme that will enhance the area, create jobs and boost the economy.”

Permission was originally refused for phase three last October, despite planning officers recommending approval, over concerns that industrial and business space would be lost if houses were built on the site.

Since then RLT and Questmap have been working closely with council officers, the Environment Agency, independent consultants and parish councillors to deliver a scheme that would allay any concerns. As a result the project has been agreed and work is set to begin in August.