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Planning approval secured for new major Cornwall development

CAD Architects have been given the greenlight to begin work for a mixed-use development in Newquay which will feature 134 new homes.

The new development, which is set to cover an area of 15 acres, will incorporate affordable new homes as well as commercial and retail spaces. These proposals have been in development for four years and have just made it through the process of public consultation.

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To accommodate various segments of the local community, the residential properties are set to offer a diverse range of housing options including one-bedroom apartments to four or five bedroomed houses.

A central aspect of the plan is the introduction of a ‘Green Link’, integrating ne plantations, ponds, and green spaces across the site – which will also include restaurants, office spaces and a play park for children – along with multiple pedestrian and cycle connections.

Mark Dawes, managing director of CAD Architects, said: ‘It is vital that we keep bringing forward large-scale proposals for new housing developments if we are to meet the demand from our local residents for new homes. With this development, we also want to make sure we create an area with real character – a vibrant place for people to live and work. That is why our proposals go way beyond the provision of housing.

‘With this scheme we have sought to encourage variety and character in the design of buildings. The intention is for this new residential and commercial quarter to work in harmony with the surrounding architecture of Newquay, while also having a personality all of its own.’

News of the new development has been welcomed with open arms as in April 2023 it was reported that a shortage of affordable homes in Cornwall and the rise of holiday lets meant some residents were facing homelessness.

According to the local authority, who launched a desperate plea for homeowners with spare rooms, annexes or empty homes to offer them up for people who have nowhere else to go, around 20,000 households are on the county’s social housing waiting list.   

Image: Nick Fewings

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