A brand new £7 million state of the art Cornwall Cycle Hub, with opportunities for residents of all ages and abilities to take part in a range of exciting, fun and exhilarating cycling activities, has taken a huge step forward.

In a partnership between British Cycling, Cornwall Council and Sport England, the Cornwall Cycle Hub is to be built on Council-owned land near the Newquay Aerohub Business Park. It will also be a destination for people to come and enjoy the 54-acres of enhanced natural environment.

The project is part of the Council’s investment into cycling across Cornwall.

The Hub will deliver benefits for our residents, visitors and the environment. It will provide somewhere safe where trained staff can provide coaching to develop skills and bike handling for all ages and abilities. This could be from the youngest child learning on a balance bike, someone who has been referred through their GP, a child with a dream of becoming the next Laura or Jason Kenny or Dame Sarah Storey, or someone who wants to learn how to ride their e-bike safely.

The 54-acre site will also contribute to the Council’s Climate Change Action Plan. The built areas of the Hub take up only 12% of the site, leaving a great opportunity for increasing biodiversity and habitats. The proposals include significant amounts of tree planting, wildflower areas and managed grasslands which will not only provide benefits for our environment but will create a space for visitors to the Hub to relax and enjoy and opportunities for volunteering to manage them.

Providing a National standard closed road circuit racing track and European standard BMX track also brings opportunities to host high standard events at the Hub, which will bring added economic benefits for the area.

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Video: Discover the plans for the Cornwall Cycle Hub

The planning application was submitted following a comprehensive consultation last summer with the public, schools and stakeholders, the cycling governing body British Cycling, and the Cornish cycling community. Match funding for the pre-development costs was received from the British Cycling and Sport England through the Places to Ride Fund.

The location adds another exciting development for the area meaning that Cornwall will be at the forefront of infrastructure across a variety of sectors.

Having now secured planning consent, the focus will shift to securing the funding in order to allow work to commence on what is expected to be a 12-month build.