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Swiss firm joins eco-town project

China clay pit
Imerys says the eco-town will be a much-needed boost for the area

A development partner for the so-called eco-town in Cornwall has been announced.

China clay firm Imerys will be working with Orascom Development, a Swiss town developer with global projects across the Middle East.

The mid-Cornwall area has been chosen along with four others in the country for the government to build environmentally-friendly towns.

Schools, other facilities and about 5,000 new homes could be built.

Imerys, which is working alongside the Eden Project on the scheme, is planning to build the eco-town on six sites including Nanpean, Bugle and Par.

It says the plans, if approved by Cornwall Council, would be a "huge boost" for the area which has suffered from the decline in traditional industries.

Samih Sawiris, Orascom's chairman, said the firm had "proven successful track record" on sustainable developments and was looking forward to the next phase of the development.

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