The local authority invited the Duchy of Cornwall to make a 50-year plan for Nansledan. This long term approach empowered the community to help shape the future of Nansledan. The Prince of Wales has always advocated that good planning depends upon community engagement.
Nansledan is being built in eight key phases or ‘quarters’. Each quarter will have its own character while clearly being part of the whole. The first phase is called Trewolek and was started in 2014. The second phase is called Kosti Veur and is now well underway.
The map below shows the location of each quarter. Click on the blue pointers to bring up a description of each.
Hendra is located across the Chapel Stream Valley between the railway line and A392 Road. Art Deco style commercial buildings arranged around the road junction will form the southern gateway into the town and, with the land sloping steeply down from the A392, dramatic views will open up of Newquay and the sea beyond.
A new granite bridge over the railway, and potential park and ride facility, and rail halt will make Hendra attractive for commercial and light industrial businesses, and a new household waste recycling facility will serve both the new community of Nansledan and the existing residents of Newquay. The houses at Hendra, arranged in short-terraces and villas, will enjoy some of the best views in Nansledan.
Kosti Vian is located on the north side of the Chapel Stream to the west of the cluster of listed farm buildings of the same name. In contrast to other areas of Nansledan, Kosti Vian is on relatively steep ground: the character of the streets and buildings will respond to this topography and so differ from other areas. A town farm within the old listed agricultural buildings, together with a community orchard leading down to the margins of the upper Chapel Stream and further allotments, will give this quarter of Nansledan a focus on food production.
Chapelkenrhwili North lies on relatively level ground to the south of Trewolek. It includes the new primary school, Skol Nansledan, and an estate yard for Nansledan (a focus of craft apprenticeships and training). The quarter will therefore have a tangible educational focus and, being on the southern fringe of Nansledan, will feel more rural than the more central quarters. A local centre will provide a focus for commercial activity at the intersection of the secondary route with one of the existing tracks, and an avenue of 60 sycamore trees along the edge of the new recreation ground was planted in 2012 to mark Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee.
Trewolek sits on the plateau of Nansledan between the quarters of Gusti Veor and North Chapel. The key point of entry is via the square at Quintrell Road (Kresenik Pennfenten) which is shared between this quarter, Kosti Veur and Riel. The large scale and layout of this square define its importance as a gateway to Nansledan and focal point of the new development.
The edges of the square are defined by Art Deco buildings and include a mix of employment and residential uses. In the middle, an obelisk of Cornish granite doubles up as a roundabout. Like Kosti Veur, the main roads of Trewolek are defined by large town houses and villas, with smaller terraces and cottages along the minor streets and shared surface lanes.
To the west, Quarry Square (Plen Mengleudh), provides a point of focus for residents with houses and mixed use buildings around a large urban garden. Further west still a cluster of units around a small square help to provide facilities to encourage fledgling small businesses to take root. On the southern edge, a walled community garden contained within a small residential square provides a play space and allotments as part of the wider food strategy within Nansledan.
Halfenten is named after the fields which form the site of this town-centre quarter for Nansledan. Halfenten will focus upon the level central Market Street which will be lined with large, mixed use buildings providing a range of retail, commercial and residential accommodation. A granite bridge to the south crosses the Chapel Stream and allows access to the edge of the water, connecting Nansledan to a significant park area.
On either side of the granite bridge a raised stone quay, fronted with large villas, will form a built edge to the Chapel Stream corridor, together with an elevated promenade for those residents not wanting to walk along the water’s edge. To the north of the market area is a separate square focussed on a new Methodist chapel which will also serve as a community hall. Elsewhere, townhouses and villas will define the edge of the High Street, with smaller, more restrained terraces and cottages along the other more minor streets and shared surface lanes.
Market Street will be the beating commercial heart of Nansledan with a focus on retail premises that encourage independent local traders and artisans with their own unique character.
The broad and inviting street will be lined with three and four storey mixed-use buildings to include shops, offices and homes. In common with all of Nansledan, the pedestrian friendly street will encourage people to travel on foot or by bicycle. For those travelling by car there will be plenty of diagonal parking spaces to give ease of access.
High quality public spaces together with mature trees and the use of Cornish slate and granite, will all add to the attractiveness of Market Street.
It will be built by the Duchy of Cornwall and its developer partners, and forms part of the Newquay Strategic Route being delivered by Cornwall Council to ease congestion in Newquay and strengthen transport connections to Cornwall Airport Newquay and the Aerohub Enterprise Zone. Market Street has been designed by Hugh Petter of ADAM Architecture, master-planner and co-ordinating architect for Nansledan.
Trevenson forms the northwest quarter of Nansledan adjoining Nansledan Common, Tretherras Academy and the existing edge of Newquay. It will therefore feel more urban than some of the more peripheral quarters. Two existing watercourses leading down to the Chapel Stream are key features of Trevenson. One, leading from a natural spring, is treated as a green corridor. The other, leading from the old farm buildings of Kosti Veur, is treated in a more urban way with a stone lined rill similar to that seen in Truro. A large community orchard on Nansledan Common together with allotments there, and down on the margins of the Chapel Stream, will contrast with other more urban elements of Trevenson and provide natural meeting areas for the new community of Nansledan to mix with residents of the existing town.
Kosti Veur is on relatively level ground and is clustered around the hamlet of the same name that was formed some time ago within the old farm buildings. It adjoins the neighbouring settlement of St Columb Minor and forms part of the urban core of Nansledan. At its heart is a new local centre sited along the main secondary route through this quarter. This centre, Kresennik Shoppa, is defined by a series of large, mixed use buildings and the form and character of the urban space draws inspiration from nearby St Columb Major.
Large villas and short terraces of town-houses line the main roads, with smaller terraces and cottages along the more minor streets and shared surface lanes. The minor streets tend to follow the natural contour of the ground and narrow, shared surface lanes will wind gently downhill. Community gardens containing allotments and play space adjoin the old farm buildings. Existing tracks across Kosti Veur have been carefully woven into the network of new roads and, with additional planting, become green streets, so integrating the new development with key aspects of the landscape.
Riel is on high ground on the eastern fringe of Nansledan. It is linked to the rest of Nansledan and Newquay by the Newquay Strategic Route (NSR), that connects the town with Cornwall Airport Newquay and the Aerohub employment area. Riel enjoys dramatic views over the surrounding countryside and, in response to this, a series of roads will cross the contour, flaring at the lower end. Buildings will tend to have bay windows to enable people to enjoy this rural aspect.
The urban edge will be defined by large villas that adjoin a productive landscape with a large community orchard arranged on terraces, integrated with clusters of allotment gardens. This significant green space will be linked by foot and cycle paths back to the Chapel stream. Riel will feel a little quieter and less urban than other parts of Nansledan. A new care home is planned on the southern corner that, with the new primary school on the opposite side of William Hosking Road, will provide a visually strong point of entry into the town.