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Consultation launches on future of Pool

Residents are being asked whether Pool should become a town, as part of a six-week consultation into the future of the area.

Produced by Cornwall Council and Carn Brea Parish Council, the Pool Vision draft plan covers everything from transport to healthcare, after extensive consultation with local representatives, groups, bodies and businesses.

The aim of the plan is to promote economic growth, education and training, health and wellbeing, a sense of place and identity for the area, and help tackle climate change.

The plan will also prioritise protecting historic and cultural assets, build high-quality developments on underused land, create community hubs, and improve sustainable transport networks.

pathway going towards concrete building at daytime

The Council’s portfolio holder for housing and planning, Olly Monk, said: ‘Pool was historically at the heart of Cornwall’s mining activity. Now, it is home to important places such as Heartlands, Carn Brea Leisure Centre, Cornwall College, a Household Waste Recycling Centre, health facilities and retail parks.

‘Regeneration over the past 10 to 15 years has created new homes and jobs and the Pool Vision looks to continue this momentum.’

Philip Desmonde, the Council’s member for Pool and Tehidy and portfolio holder for transport, added: ‘I have been working with stakeholders over the past few years on the Pool Vision and the link between wellbeing, work and homes within a village-like setting. We have sought to encourage a sustainable community environment with quality of life at its core, embracing our Cornish culture and heritage in the design principles.’

The consultation will run until 4 October, and once finalised, the Pool Vision will help inform decisions on planning applications.

Residents can give their feedback here from 23 August.

In related news, residents are being urged to have their say on planning proposals that will help shape the look and feel of communities in Swansea in the years to come.

Photo by Danilo D’Agostino

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