Dynnargh dhis! Welcome! This is the official site for news and information about Pydar, an exciting new neighbourhood proposed for the heart of Truro, Thriving River City of Cornwall. You can learn all about the proposed development, upcoming public events, view indicative renderings, see photos of our consultation and public events, and have your questions and concerns answered by the project team.
*Images and and designs are indicative only. Detailed design work to be completed during later stages.
Affordable homes will be built on the Pydar site. That means 112 high-quality affordable places for local people to call home.
Acres of public space, including expanded river access and new trees for residents and visitors to enjoy
Million in new resident spending in the first 10 years. That means more money for our local businesses, services, and charities.
A new neighbourhood for all
Pydar will pioneer new ways of living, learning, working and playing; putting the community back into the heart of Truro and creating a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable neighbourhood. It will represent the very best of Cornwall with space for local artists and craftspeople to those creating cutting-edge digital technologies.
It will be home to multi-generational housing and a new innovative learning and living environment to help grow the local Truro economy. It will embrace the rediscovered riverside and offer a range of leisure, hospitality and cultural facilities and events. With a focus on providing energy efficient buildings, sustainable transport and increased biodiversity, Pydar will be a place that is tackling the challenge of climate change for future generations.
By becoming a go-to destination for all who love Cornwall and seek to explore central Truro, the buzz of Pydar will help shape a strong future for the city. Pydar is a place where the future will become the present and where ideas, innovation and imagination will come to life.
Over 300 high-quality homes with 35% affordable/shared ownership will mean that Pydar is a neighbourhood for many types of people. Homes will range in sizes so that young people, new families, and older generations can live together.
A dawn till dusk community
The new Pydar neighbourhood will complement, not compete with, what Truro already offers by creating a thriving cultural quarter that will help re-energise the city and support community life.
This new vibrant and sustainable community, with more people living and working in the centre of the city and year-round and all-weather activities for the city, will feature shopping and leisure facilities, make the city more attractive to employers, reduce the need to travel and support the night time economy.
When will works take place?
Any development will only take place if the Council's Planning Committee approves of the project. If the project is approved, construction on the first phase will not begin until 2022. At this stage we anticipate this first phase to take approximately 18 months. The remaining development will be delivered over the next 5-8 years. If we achieve planning permission, more specific and detailed information will be shared.
What about affordable housing?
The City of Truro needs 440 affordable homes. This proposed development will deliver up to 112 affordable homes. This will contribute significantly to meeting local, affordable housing needs in Truro.
What will happen to parking?
The site will play a key role in addressing Truro’s transport problems, with increased city centre living, new walking and cycling routes, improved public transport and redesigned parking helping to address traffic congestion and reduce commuter parking. Parking will still be available and our studies have shown that there is enough parking to accommodate local traffic and visitors. The new development will have parking for vehicles as well as bicycles and electric cars.
How will this address the Climate Emergency?
The development of Pydar is a great opportunity to repair the damaged townscape and replace with a sympathetic development that protects and improves existing green spaces and celebrates the links to the river. We will increase biodiversity, design energy efficient buildings, and provide infrastructure for EV charging and supporting e-bike and e-car clubs. Environmental standards for buildings on the site will include reduced energy consumption, water efficiencies and use of renewable and low carbon technologies.
Of local businesses, cultural organisations, and community groups support the Pydar proposals
Of all online comments support these proposals and want to see it happen
Face to face conversations with Truro residents, business owners, and local people.
"The Pydar St regeneration project as we understand today should be a huge refreshment of a derelict space transformed into a busy social neighbourhood and business led area that will cater for students which bring energy and local spending right into the heart of the city centre, residents to occupy the winter month’s worth of summer visitor spend, and overall to compliment the existing fantastic blend of independent businesses that Truro has to offer. This redevelopment simply must be encouraged and supported to go ahead at full steam utilising the extensive Love Truro community feedback data that has been captured."
Alun Jones, Truro BID
What are your thoughts?
We want to hear from you! This is an important, transformative vision for the Pydar site and we want to know what you think about these initial proposals. Get in touch with us and have your say. Email us or follow us on social media.