Cornwall Council is enforcing the sale of land needed for the 3,500-home Langarth Garden Village near Truro

Cornwall Council must force landowners to sell the land needed to build the 3,550-home Langarth Garden Village near Truro. The Council Cabinet will meet next week to agree to seek a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) to secure the land needed for development.

The council is leading the development of the new development near Threemilestone, which will also include new schools, emergency services, jobs, shops, parks and community facilities.

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Cornwall Council decided in 2019 to undertake an intervention for large-scale development in Langarth with investments of £165m, comprising £117.5m from own reserves and borrowings together with £47.5m from the Government.

In addition to the Garden Village, the council is also leading the development of the Northern Access Road (NAR), which will create a new route through the proposed development, linking the western end of the A390 to the eastern side at Treliske.

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The development site had previously been earmarked for housing and other facilities through a series of separate planning applications that included supermarkets and other services. However, these motions had all stalled and the council decided to step in, concerned that a ‘patchwork quilt’ style of development might be created and wishing for a more coherent approach.

The council also wanted to ensure that the infrastructure needed to support the new homes is in place before the apartments are completed. As a result, she has created a master plan that provides guidelines for the development including the design and layout of the garden village.

In a report to Cabinet next week, the council notes that a “significant portion” of the site has been acquired through negotiations. However, it states that there are parts of the land needed for the NAR that it was unable to secure, and so must request a CPO to acquire the land.

The council says that despite the negotiations, it has not been possible to reach an agreement with those who fall under the CPO.

It explains that the council has secured 68 percent of the land needed for housing; both school locations; and 75 percent of the country for the NAR. It also has the land needed for the energy center; most of the green spaces and areas for park and ride development.

The report states that “the Council is confident that it has sufficient resources and authority to move forward, based on previous decisions, and that it has the resources and expertise through its own independent companies or other procurement avenues at its disposal designed to implement the program”.

If Cabinet agrees to move forward with a CPO to resolve the land issues, it must be presented to Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Leveling Up, Communities and Housing. The CPO cannot be implemented until approved by the Secretary of State.

Langarth Garden Village will have 3,550 homes, including 200 additional care homes and 50 student/healthcare worker residences. Around 35 percent of the development will be affordable housing, of which 70 percent will be affordable rents and 30 percent will be intermediate apartments.

The cabinet will meet on Wednesday (June 15) to decide whether to approve the CPO bid.

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