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Plans submitted for 1500-home eco-community near St Austell

Photo: Eco-Bos

Plans to build 1500 new homes on a stretch of china clay land to the north of St Austell have been submitted to Cornwall planners.

It's hoped that the eco-community at West Carclaze would create hundreds of jobs and generate £1 billion for the local economy over the next 20 years.

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Two thirds of the proposed site will be designated green open space. Credit: Eco-Bos

The plans include a community centre and health centre, as well as local shops and parking.

The plans have been revised significantly from earlier proposals - which included a controversial plan to landscape the iconic Sky Tip - after a public consultation.

Feedback from locals meant plans were changed to ensure the iconic Sky Tip would not be landscaped. Credit: ITV News

It comes as Cornwall Council indicated a need for 52,500 new homes across the county. Developers Eco-Bos will undertake the work to with the Council and the Homes and Communities Agency.

Significant changes have been made to the scheme in response to public feedback and as we confirmed at the end of last year Sky Tip, as it always has been, is staying as it is and will be the focal point for a major new heritage park.

West Carclaze has the potential to make a significant contribution to Mid Cornwall and its economy and of course offers the unique opportunity to retain and unlock a huge swathe of land to be opened up to public enjoyment and conservation use.

– John Hodkin, Eco-Bos Managing Director,

Sustainability it a key part of the proposal, with a 9MW solar farm and sustainably built homes planned.