In 2017 Cornwall Councillors voted to support the development of a number of regeneration schemes across Cornwall. Pydar was one of those schemes.
The Vision is for a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable, urban neighbourhood for Truro.
Shaped by the views of the local community and the emerging Neighbourhood Plan, Pydar will deliver new homes, innovative work and learning spaces, an exciting riverside park and a new community centre for local people and organisations.
Engaging leisure, hospitality and cultural facilities and events will help improve city centre footfall and drive the ‘dawn to dusk’ economy of ‘Truro 2030 / Thriving River City’. A popular attraction for those from near and far who love Cornwall and seek to explore our capital city, Pydar will also be a “community of the future” within the city. A unique place where people of all ages live well, work productively and contribute to a strong and resilient community in balance with the environment. Pydar will be for one and all.
The four hectare site currently comprises a mix of car parks, office space, leisure and retail with a number of obsolete buildings.
In November 2017 Cornwall Councillors voted to support the development of a number of regeneration schemes across Cornwall, one of which was Pydar. A Truro Place Shaping project was set up to work with the local community to identify what is great about the city; what is missing in the city and how it could be improved and in September 2018 the Council agreed to support the principle of developing Pydar Street.
Since then the Council has been working with Truro City Council, Kenwyn Parish Council, Truro BID, Truro Chamber of Commerce, and local residents’, commuters and businesses to create a site which builds on the ideas put forward by the local community and works for everyone.
Architects PRP were appointed earlier this year to develop a Masterplan for Pydar. They have been working with the Truro Place Shaping team to stage events and activities to enable people to have their say and help shape the plans for the scheme. Further events and activities are planned for the coming months.
The emerging plans include approximately 300 new homes, including much needed affordable homes for local people, with multi generational housing and student accommodation; a new hotel and innovative work and learning spaces supporting the creation of 500 new jobs. These include The Hive, a digitally focused and entrepreneurial new innovative learning and living environment for Falmouth University that will help grow both a vibrant local community and Cornwall’s wider economy.
Other proposals include the creation of a new riverside park with a high-line walk, nature trails, climbing walls and other sports facilities; cafes, bars and restaurants; leisure and cultural facilities and a new community space for local people and organisations.
One of the key aims of the project is to create new and improved links between Pydar and the city centre, local parks and the surrounding countryside. The emerging plans are designed to encourage the growing of food and flowers, to help draw wildlife from the parks and the River Allen into the community gardens and squares throughout the year.
Work is taking place to develop the Truro Travel and Transport Strategy which will support the development of sustainable transport, with improved cycling and pedestrian routes and greater use of public transport, including bus and rail travel.