The Truro Eastern District Centre is a partnership project with Cornwall Council and Waitrose on Duchy-owned land on the eastern side of Truro in Cornwall. It is located opposite the Duchy’s award-winning Belvedere development of 25 homes, completed in 2007.
The project aims to meet a number of local needs, including: a new 1,350-space park and ride facility to reduce congestion and cut carbon emissions in the city; a household waste recycling centre to encourage more sustainable living; a Waitrose store and adjoining Cornish food hall selling local produce; 98 new homes (of which 34 will be classed as affordable); and an energy centre.
The project will create an estimated 210 jobs and cut traffic entering the city from the east by 15 per cent. It will also encourage sustainable food production by promoting and selling Cornish food and drink.
In line with the Duchy’s principles of sustainable development, the scheme includes a commitment to use locally sourced materials wherever possible, including Cornish slate and granite, and a number of habitat enhancements including the planting of 6,000 trees on site.
Work is expected to start before the end of 2013.
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