Pydar regeneration receives green light

Treveth Development LLP and PRP's plans to begin works on the Pydar development in Truro have been approved by Cornwall Council and planners.

Concept image of the Pydar regeneration in Truro, which Treveth Development LLP and PRP recently received planning persmission for by Cornwall Council and planners | PBSA News
Concept image of the Pydar regeneration in Truro, which Treveth Development LLP and PRP recently received planning persmission for by Cornwall Council and planners.

Treveth Development LLP and PRP’s plans to build new homes, a study centre for Falmouth University and student accommodation at the Pydar development in Truro have been approved by Cornwall Council and planners.

Following a constructive planning process, the approval will transform the Pydar site into a vibrant and sustainable mixed-use development.

Cornwall Council has approved the first of two Reserved Matters applications of the Pydar regeneration, which provide more detail on the development and follows the granting of Outline Planning Consent for the whole site in November 2019. 

“The approval of the Reserved Matters Application for the Pydar project is a significant milestone in the project’s progress. We are pleased that our collaborative approach with the City and local communities has resulted in a design that is sympathetic to the local environment while delivering much-needed housing and amenities. We look forward to continuing our work with Treveth Development LLP as the project progresses.”

James Windsor, Director, Inner Circle Consulting

The Pydar project aims to provide much-needed housing, commercial, and leisure facilities in the heart of the Truro area, as well as public spaces and a new town square.

“This is fantastic news for Truro and for Cornwall as a whole. The Pydar development will transform this neglected area of our city into a thriving community hub, providing new homes, jobs and recreational opportunities. We are thrilled that the project has received approval and look forward to working with Treveth Development LLP to bring this vision to life.”

Carol Swain, Mayor of Truro

Alongside the regeneration, the development by Treveth Development LLP and PRP will provide over 300 new energy-efficient homes, including affordable housing, 450 student beds alongside a new educational presence for Falmouth University and a range of ancillary retail, leisure and office spaces.

“We are delighted that Pydar Phase 1A and 1B have been approved. A high quality, sustainable development in an inclusive, active and biodiverse public realm are the heart of the proposals. The former brownfield site has a direct connection to the city centre and will create an urban neighbourhood that celebrates Truro’s unique cultural and historic identity, while offering a new and exciting type of city living that will diversify the homes on offer.”

Alex Andone, Associate Director, PRP

The new Pydar neighbourhood will also include a new hotel, which will help to support the local tourism industry, and will feature public spaces designed to encourage community engagement.

These first two phases will provide 164 new dwellings (35% affordable provision) together with a new study centre for Falmouth University and 166 student bedrooms.

“The Pydar regeneration project has been a long time in the making, and we will continue to work with Treveth to ensure it meets the needs of our residents. This neighbourhood will bring significant benefits to the local community and support the city’s growth and prosperity.”

Louis Gardner, cabinet portfolio holder for economy, Cornwall Council

Moreover, the Pydar development will also create a significant number of jobs – 700 during construction – and support the local economy.

With a focus on reducing carbon emissions and promoting biodiversity, the project will include green roofs, rainwater harvesting, electric vehicle charging points, and extensive landscaping to provide habitats for local wildlife.

“We are delighted to have received approval for these Reserved Matters Applications for the Pydar development. Our team has worked closely with local stakeholders, Truro City Council and Cornwall Council to create a development that will be a catalyst for positive change in Truro. We are committed to delivering a sustainable and vibrant community that will provide new homes, jobs and leisure facilities, as well as enhancing the local environment.”

Greg Slater, Head of Design, Decarbonisation & Environment, Treveth Development LLP

The Pydar project has been assisted by the Government’s One Public Estate Programme’s Brownfield Land Release Fund, which unlocked £2.45m in funding to undertake site planning, analysis and delivery activity.

Over 90% of local respondents have declared their support for the scheme, as well as the positive endorsement for Pydar from Truro City Council this year.

Once completed, the Pydar development will support an estimated 500 permanent jobs in the commercial, leisure and hospitality sectors in Truro.