When it comes to development around our towns I have always been clear that we should prioritise building on brown field sites over green field sites. The industrial legacy that we have around Camborne, Redruth and Hayle means that we have a large number of heritage buildings but many of them are falling down. If we spend the time and effort getting things right, we can save these buildings and the unique features that make them special while providing new homes and employment for families who grew up in the area.
There are always complications to developing brown field sites with the extra costs of thinking about unique designs as well as the costs of remediation and land decontamination. To make things more complicated still, we are never far from a mine shaft in this part of the world and that can add to the cost in unexpected ways. But the prize is worth the extra effort. Consider how the old Holman's site around Camborne Train Station has been transformed or how Heartlands in Pool has really started to take shape. Consider the transformation of Hayle Harbour and the major changes taking shape at the old derelict Redruth Brewery with the new archive project. We have made great progress but there is further to go.
In recent weeks I have had meetings with several of the key developers who own remaining difficult sites at Tuckingmill, South Crofty and the old Avers garage site. I want to get things moving at Tuckingmill. I have also met local planners to ensure that the latest version of the Cornwall Council local plan will retain a strong preference for brownfield development in the existing footprint of our urban area. We need to keep up the momentum and focus on solutions to these difficult, derelict sites so we can make Camborne, Redruth and Hayle the place of choice to live and set up a business in Cornwall.