Go-ahead for new Truro homes

Hayne Corfe
Hayne Corfe

A luxury new homes development in Highertown, Truro, comes on stream next year with construction of nine two- and three-storey town houses for Redruth-based Rowe Property Developments (RPD).

The £1.5 million scheme is going ahead following recent planning approval and involves demolition of the Hayne Corfe Centre. This was originally built as a large private residence in the 1930s but more recently used as an adult education centre affiliated to the University of Exeter.

All the other buildings on the vacant 0.3-hectare site, comprising both commercial and residential, will also be demolished. It is hoped builders will be on site by the end of the year, with project completion by next summer. Prices are expected to be in the region of £400k to £495k.

The development, to be known simply as Hayne Corfe, will be crescent-shaped. RPD managing director Mike Greenslade explained that the company had bought the site with planning permission for 14 flats, but the revised scheme was felt to be more appropriate for the area.

He added: “Hayne Corfe will enhance and improve the existing area with a very pleasant living environment for a number of families in a sustainable and convenient brownfield location.”

In their architects’ design statement, Lilly Lewarne Partnership say: “The site is quiet and secluded, but not far away from two supermarkets and County Hall. Transport links are excellent and there are many local facilities nearby, including retail, healthcare, education and leisure.”

The statement adds that the existing buildings have been the subject of much debate regarding their architectural quality, with particular focus on the Hayne Corfe Centre building, but it has been established that the building does not merit English Heritage listing.

For the RPD scheme, the level of parking has been increased to an average of 1.6 spaces per unit and the development has been designed to achieve at least Level 3 in the Code For Sustainable Homes.