Expression of Interest

Big projects and ideas

Expression of interest and project update

In June 2020, the Town Deal Board invited Expressions of Interest for projects to be included in the St Ives Town Investment Plan.  We were keen to draw together ideas and creative solutions from all our community so as well as a general invitation to respond we actively reached out to community and faith groups, local social enterprises and creative organisations to encourage them to put forward ideas that could help deliver the vision that has been agreed. 

A total long list of 43 ‘Expressions of Interest’ were received with some really brilliant project ideas.  Thank you!

The Shortlisting Process

Successful projects have to fit the Government’s objectives and required outcomes as well as the St Ives Vision and Objectives which has been developed by the Board and shaped through community and stakeholder engagement.

All the projects were assessed on a consistent basis:

View the Project Process Flowchart

Stage 1

The initial long list was filtered with pass or fail criteria as set out by central government under the requirements for the Towns Fund. In the case of the Towns Fund, the pass or fail criteria considers whether the project is:

  • a capital investment;
  • located within the town boundary;
  • related to the Towns Fund investment themes


Stage 2

Projects were then assessed and scored using a using a transparent selection matrix. This includes economic, social and environmental indicators to fit with local strategy and Towns Fund objectives. 


Next steps – Stage 3

As a result of the scoring process 29 projects are still under consideration and require a more detailed assessment on the basis of being able to deliver against the government’s requirements for the Towns Fund, strategic fit, cost ratio the evidence of need from social and economic data and the views gathered through the community engagement. This assessment will check that all investments shortlisted are able to form a coherent investment programme that can support the vision and objectives of St Ives.

Assessment is ongoing as we develop the final  Town Investment Plan for submission to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) at the end of Jan 2021



Outline Project Proposal:  
Cornwall Council propose to create the St Ives to St Erth section of the Bay to Bay trail which will link Penzance, Marazion, Hayle and St Ives and several small settlements. This trail will secure a high quality active travel link for residents and visitors connecting communities and supporting alternative access to the town. This project will build on the success of the Camel Trail and the convenience of public bike hire schemes to create a 30km trail with bike hire hubs at a number of key locations.


Outline Project Proposal:  
The St Ives Climate Action Group has identified the need to alleviate fuel poverty in the upper town and reduce carbon emissions. This project proposes to provide affordable and renewably generated electricity and heating, including: installing solar panels on all those social housing dwellings suitable for such installation; purchasing surplus energy generated by other local renewable sources; installing air source heat pumps and thermal stores in all of those social housing dwellings suitable for such installation. 


Outline Project Proposal:  
Cornwall Rural Communities Charity (CRCC) propose a project for engaging in the Penbeagle estate aimed at building relationships with residents to encourage and support them to invest in their own area and help raise aspirations, gain employment, engage with local agencies, start resident’s associations, create projects and apply for funding.


Outline Project Proposal:  
Groktor Ltd is developing hydroponic based vertical farm systems for the production of high value edible commodities such as restaurant microgreens and herbs, along with cosmetic and medicinal raw materials such as essential oils. The company aims to establish a commercial unit close to the St Ives markets and to work closely with local farms to establish this new technology more widely and extend its application.


Outline Project Proposal:  
In this project St Ives Community Land Trust propose to purchase and bring back into use the land to the south side of Chy an Gweal Gardens in Carbis Bay and create a community market garden/allotment to serve residents in St Ives.

Outline Project Proposal:  
St Ives Town Council propose to modernise the Guildhall to create a vibrant and locally based live event and performance venue at the heart of the town. This will include an all year programme, which celebrates the best of music, theatre and dance. The aim is to create a balanced programme to promote community access with local, community events and markets alongside a programme of commercial ticketed events.


Outline Project Proposal:  
In this project St Ives Archive propose to create a facility in the centre of the town which would form a hub for all things associated with the history and heritage of St Ives. It would be a one stop shop for anyone eager to discover more about the town and its environs and a collaborative base for all heritage elements.


Outline Project Proposal:  
The Cornwall Museum Partnership will produce an immersive heritage trail of St Ives, utilising Virtual and Augmented Reality technology to engage visitors with local heritage.
The aims of the trail are to drive sustainable economic growth by: driving footfall to local heritage and cultural sites and organisations; supporting cultural tourism activity and encourage year-round visits; helping people learn about and enjoy their local heritage; helping people to understand and value the wider heritage of St Ives; developing new skills in digital and heritage interpretation.


Outline Project Proposal:  
Jewel in the Flower Academy CIC plan to create a fully functioning and productive organic farm from which to provide courses in permaculture, yoga studies and eco-building. The revenue generated from the courses will be reinvested back into the community. The whole project will be designed and implemented to fit in with the surrounding landscape.


Outline Project Proposal:  
The theatre management will carry out renovation and reconfiguration of this historic building to better serve the needs of a modern performance theatre so that it can continue working with more than 100 children, teenagers and young adults a year, improving their quality of life and future job prospects.


Outline Project Proposal:  
This project will develop key areas of the Leach Pottery with a focus on: increasing the ability to employ skilled craftspeople; growing the apprenticeship scheme; delivering more classes and projects; increasing support for local enterprise development and access to international audiences, thus supporting recovery post COVID-19; increasing the capacity of their school’s programme; supporting the delivery of education programmes to attract visitors throughout the year; reducing environmental impact through adoption of more environmentally friendly technologies


Outline Project Proposal

LiveWest will improve the thermal efficiency of some of the worst performing properties in St Ives, raising standards across the town, directly benefiting households through increased affordability and reducing the carbon footprint. The project also includes the provision of green stores for cycles and waste storage for social housing thus encouraging environmentally friendly waste management and sustainable transport.


Outline Project Proposal:  
This project will install three LoRaWAN gateways to provide a network for St Ives. This network will be maintained for five years enabling organisations across the town to benefit from this technology. There will be a launch event and a series of workshops to help different companies, organisations and individuals to understand how this new Internet of Things technology can bring operational efficiencies and reduce risk.


Outline Project Proposal

St Ives Sailing School wish to acquire and develop premises in town where training can be carried out, year round, with safe and appropriate facilities for a diverse range of people.  The training provided would included sailing and windsurfing training for local children, foundation level sailing qualifications, power boating and sea safety training, sailability training for disabled people, social prescribing of water-based activities.


Outline Project Proposal

Manna Food Training Programmes aim is to open a Community & Training Cafe facility adjacent to the new Skatepark planned for the Palemon Best site for parents and young children visiting the play park, a safe supervised space to visit after school for younger children and a safe, relevant, approachable place for older teenagers and local families to frequent at weekends and in the evenings. The plan is to run training courses in the preparation, cooking and serving of food.


Outline Project Proposal

St Ives Community Land Trust plan to refurbish the Old Town Fire Station to assist community and micro/small businesses in finding suitable work space. Individual business consolidation and growth is a key element of this project and the aim is to make the most of local skills and assets to help support jobs, training and skill development.


Outline Project Proposal

St Ives Community Land Trust is redeveloping the Old Vicarage Flats, Street an Pol, to provide six affordable rental flats. The initial pre-construction work has been done, such as pre-construction asbestos removal, structural timber analysis and flood risk analysis and some initial investment in having the full roof replacement with insulation upgrading. The funding sought is to continue the redevelopment.


Outline Project Proposal

This Tate St Ives project includes the following: a contribution towards the conservation of the Palais de Danse heritage asset, by stabilising defects and preventing further deterioration; providing investment to enable the Palais to become a cultural, creative and skills development venue for the benefit of everyone in St Ives, whilst being a sustainable operation; repurposing the building to create a dynamic space for community and arts.


Outline Project Proposal

The Friends of Carbis Bay Communities Group wish to transform Richmond Gardens – the big green park opposite the Atlantic Hotel. Within the regeneration plans different areas are sectioned off within the park to facilitate a phased development. Areas include: play area for younger children; play area for older children; community planting scheme; sensory planting and pathway; family picnic area; football net/ MUGA equipment; cycling proficiency practice pathway; outdoor gym equipment.


Outline Project Proposal

Cornwall Council are seeking to explore the opportunity to put in place a reordering of the Rugby Club site such that the site can deliver a new modern facilities for the Rugby Club including clubhouse and free up land for other use such as affordable housing, local food growing etc to be carried out under separate funding.


Outline Project Proposal:  
St Ives School plan is to create a Well-Being Centre to support the mental, physical and social well-being of the people of St Ives through the creation of three main spaces: a multi-purpose, high quality sports and exercise facilities;  a Pastoral Hub for different support agencies to work from to support those in need of extra help or who are at a disadvantage; a space for small and medium digital/tech businesses to work and socialise, together with the provision of digital skills training.


Outline project proposals: 

St Ives BID is proposing a scheme for the pedestrianisation of the town centre. It has become a matter of safety to address traffic control on our narrow streets which are very busy in summer months, bringing pedestrians in conflict with vehicles. Many towns across Cornwall have created similar schemes in areas of high footfall including Truro, Falmouth, Newquay and others. The scheme will be subject to a feasibility study and public consultation.


Outline project proposals:   

The St Ives Community Orchard & Nature Reserve (SCON) group plans to regenerate land for the benefit of the local community including: a new public open spaces; 26 acres of native trees and shrubs; 2 acres of orchard on current scrub land; 2 acres of edible forest garden; plant fruit trees in private gardens and green spaces around the town; introduce alternative technology & renewable energy on site; create an eco-build repair cafe, workshop and presentation space.

Outline Project Proposal:  
St Ia plan to modernise the interior of the church to include a kitchen, a café, a meeting room and a visitor centre and shop, as well as improving the church as a performance venue for indoor and outdoor music and theatre, improve the energy efficiency of the building and better utilise the garden outside the church.

St John’s plan to create an outdoor ‘classroom’ for their toddler group, convert a portion of the church grounds into a community vegetable garden and to construct a building to include a small office, storage space and a flat to house interns to work in their youth project. The project also includes the installation of solar panels on the new building and the roof of the church hall to provide the electricity required by the hall and the new building.


Outline Project Proposal:  
The St Ives based French+ Scott Media Company, together with a local developer, plan to implement an internet based information system serving the information requirements of various sections of the community. This will include, for example, a local information exchange, volunteer forum, careers forum, business forum and a training forum.


Outline Project Proposal:  
St Ives Bikes Ltd will open an eBike rental and servicing shop in St Ives. The shop will offer guided tours by eBike, and eBikes rental. This project also includes a docked eBike rental scheme in St Ives operating out of unmanned docking stations providing secure bike parking, charging and protection from the weather. Docking stations are envisioned at the train stations and large campsites and hotels. eBikes will be unlocked by app and returned to the docking station at end of use.


Outline Project Proposal:  
St Ives Surf Life Saving Club need larger, secure and weather resistant storage near to the beach for their equipment and growing membership needs, including their In-Shore Rescue Boat. This unit will include a secure area, with lighting, changing rooms, a toilet and the ability to make hot drinks for 40/50 children at some sessions. This facility would allow the club to extend their beach season.


Outline Project Proposal:  
In this project H Tempest Ltd will replace all their diesel buses with electric ones, which would benefit their employees, road congestion and, of course, the environment. This project would also allow Tempest to lead by example; educating all of staff on the benefits of commuting to work in electric vehicles. Tempest would also be paving the way to encourage individuals to convert their vehicles to electric when the time comes.


Outline Project Proposal:  
Cornwall Council in partnership with Network Rail and Great Western Rail propose improvements to the St Erth – St Ives rail link to facilitate faster journey times and station Improvements at St Ives to ‘Provide a better arrival and passenger experience’. 


Outline Project Proposal:  
The Salvation Army, St Ives Corps will provide a selection of social rented and/or affordable housing whilst also enhancing their community work in the town through holding one property for the purpose of facilitating an Internship Programme. The area proposed is off of Trenwith Lane, which has an outline application approved for up to 8 dwellings.


St.Ives Skatepark Project


St Ives Town Investment Plan Project Selection Matrix 

Why a selection matrix:

  • A clear and transparent selection matrix that all potential projects are measured against
  • Economic, social and environmental indicators in order to fit with local strategy and Towns Fund objectives
  • A simple message to give to potential project leads and anyone submitting projects

The following matrix will be used to assess all projects submitted to St Ives Town Deal Board for possible inclusion in the St Ives Town Investment Plan. Projects will be awarded a score of 0-3 for all the following indicators. Decisions won’t just be made on numbers alone though. Detailed discussions will be held with proposed project leads to assess where support may be needed to increase a projects ‘score’ and overall fit with the Fund criteria.



1.     Identified project lead

2.     Business Plan – project readiness

3.     Deliverability

4.     Co-funding potential

5.     Main form of business within the boundary map



1.     Community contribution:

·       quality of life,

·       sense/pride of place

·       well being

2.     Targets most deprived areas and/or those most often left behind



1.     Contribution to carbon reduction and/or biodiversity gain

2.     Local procurement, guaranteed for project lifetime

3.     Local energy generation; local production and processing; waste reduction



1.     Value for money – value added locally

2.     Number of new year round jobs paying real Living Wage and/or above UK average wages 

3.     Apprenticeships and training schemes offered

4.     Sectoral networks and synergy with existing and/or emerging projects