15 Jun Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits West Carclaze Garden Village on visit to Cornwall for the G7 Summit
Last Wednesday, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson visited Cornwall’s highly anticipated West Carclaze Garden Village. There to observe the progress made on the country’s preeminent sustainable garden village project, the scheme is set to deliver 1,500 home for the local community.
The Garden Village will be located adjacent to the Eden Project to the north of St Austell and is the innovation of Eco Bos, the joint venture company between Imerys and majority shareholder Orascom Development Holding. They have a mission to develop sustainable communities in the UK.
The Prime Ministers visit took place last week as Cornwall was finalizing its preparations to graciously welcome the world leaders to the G7 summit, with the challenges of tackling climate change and sustainability being a key focus.
West Carclaze Garden Village is set in 500 acres of stunning Cornish countryside, with two-thirds of the development dedicated to green community spaces. The first homes on this innovative development will be ready for residents to begin moving in later this summer, with the first phase set to complete by 2024.
In alignment with the government’s current ‘Build Back Better’ scheme, the Prime Minister was shown the ongoing developments successful rapid progress which is adhering to the highest sustainability standards.
The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson said, “This fantastic project at West Carclaze Garden Village will not only be carbon-neutral but carbon-positive. It’s a model for Cornwall and the country as we build back better and greener.”
In line with government goals, the Garden Village will be net carbon-zero by 2050, and carbon-positive from then on. The two solar farms currently on-site produce enough clean electricity equivalent to 1,136 of the highly energy-efficient homes being delivered, homes which themselves save up to 94% carbon emissions. The properties will also have an EPC-A rating, something less than 0.2% of homes in England have currently achieved and the 210-pupil school, which is due to open in September 2022 will become the first net carbon zero school in the UK.
Upon completion, West Carclaze Garden Village will consist of 1,500 homes, a nursery and primary school, a village square and community hub, a marketplace, leisure quarter, 2 solar farms, a wetland nature reserve, 350-acre country park, 12 miles of nature trails for walking and biking, 5 lakes, and multiple parks, in addition to community allotments, orchards and vegetable patches.
At least a third of homes built at West Carclaze Garden Village will be affordable residences to meet the continually growing demand for accessible homes in the county. The development will be incorporating self-build and custom-build housing, all providing first-time buyers in Cornwall easier access to beautiful, quality properties with breath-taking views.
Maher Maksoud, Chief Executive Officer at Eco-Bos said, “We are thrilled to have welcomed the Prime Minister to witness our progress at West Carclaze Garden Village – our new, affordable, sustainable and inclusive community in the heart of the Cornish countryside. West Carclaze Garden Village is setting new standards for sustainable living without compromising great design – our aim is to become the model for new, sustainable community developments across the UK.”
Dorian Beresford, Chief Development Officer at Eco-Bos added, “We are delighted to have shown the Prime Minister our vision for healthy, affordable and sustainable living – an issue upon which the Prime Minister is particularly focused as the UK positions itself as a world leader to tackle the climate emergency. The need for sustainable communities has never been greater and West Carclaze Garden Village is an exemplary model for the government’s ‘Build Back Better’ promise.”
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