Levelling Up – The Future of Helston Town Centre

Plans for improvements to Helston town centre were displayed in Helston’s Guildhall 25th and 26th May 2022, providing the public with an opportunity to express their views on the Place Shaping work done to date. This work has been undertaken by Helston’s voluntary Place Shaping Team, supported by the £100,000 Town Vitality Fund awarded to Helston in 2021.

The consultation formed part of the preparations for July’s capital bid to the Government’s Levelling Up Fund. The Team is seeking around £20M to support the Place Shaping projects and the outcome of the Helston bid is due to be announced in September 2022.

Four projects have been developed, all aimed at improving the town centre and encouraging residents and visitors to come to Helston:-

  • The Cultural Quarter: refurbish Market Place, Drill Hall Yard and Museum ope, creating outdoor spaces for events, markets and community activities, and creating a physical link from the Museum to CAST and Wendron Street car park.
  • Helston Gateway: develop the potential of empty and under-used buildings, such as the old Coop supermarket, to provide additional community facilities in the town centre.
  • Reconnecting Helston: improve transport connectivity, especially for cycling, walking and public transport in and around the town.
  • Re-imagining Helston’s High Streets: refurbish the main streets, restoring the paths and kennels making the town centre more attractive and less traffic dominant. Renovate the Trengrouse car park area and improve access through Horse & Jockey Lane to the town centre.



A total of 583 individuals attended the face-to-face event over the two days and a further 165 people viewed and commented via the online portal during the consultation period. In total 885 responses were received. All of the projects received significant support with some elements achieving over 90% agreement.  This is an amazing response and with so many positive comments received, clearly indicates that residents are very keen to see improvements to their town.

Click on the buttons below to view the Summary and Full Consultation Report

Scroll down further to see all of the project proposals in detail and the displays used in the public consultation.

The Place Shaping Projects

Click on the links opposite to access the latest information for each of the Place Shaping Projects.


Coronation Park, Helston Summer


By scrolling further down this page you can find out more about how Helston’s Place Shaping work is managed and information on how the overall Place Shaping Plan has been developed.

To give your feedback or contact the Place Shaping Board use the Discover Helston feedback form:-  https://discoverhelston.co.uk/feedback/

The four key projects….

Other projects on our list….

What is ‘Place Shaping’ and ‘Town Vitality Funding’?

Coinagehall Street Helston


‘Place Shaping’ is promoted by Cornwall Council as the process by which funds will be allocated and projects prioritised for the recovery and re-development of town centres in Cornwall. It’s a nationally recognised term with similar groups and activities underway in many towns across the country. Potential Government and Council funding will be targeted and managed via ‘Place Shaping Boards’ in each town, charged with defining and overseeing the implementation of a ‘Place Shaping Plan’.

Town Vitality Funding is money from Cornwall Council to take forward specific development work and advance proposals that will improve the economic, social and environmental revitalisation of town centres.

Stephen Rushworth, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for economy: ‘We want to help communities across Cornwall to develop their ambitions for their high streets and improve the future for their residents. The Town Vitality Fund is about supporting our towns to take the next steps – for example research, planning or consultation activities – necessary to make these plans a reality and put them in the best position for future investment opportunities’.

In November 2020 Helston CIC, working with Helston Town Council, was successful in bidding for Town Vitality Funding support for Helston. Advertisements were issued for residents, community group members and business representatives to become part of a Place Shaping Board, a new team tasked with managing the Place Shaping Plan and the application of the £100,000 fund. A number of people came forward and the Board now meets regularly, overseeing implementation of the plans.

All voting members are volunteers and live locally to Helston.

  • David Turnbull – Chair   (South Kerrier Alliance CIC, Helston CIC)
  • Jenny Morris – Vice-Chair   (Helston CIC)
  • Anthony Gilbert   (Business Representative)
  • Malcolm Oliver   (Business Representative)
  • Katharine Lewis   (Helston Climate Action Group)
  • Jude Carroll   (Helston CIC)
  • Teresa Gleadowe   (CAST)
  • John Warwick   (Resident Representative)
  • Dave Potter   (Resident Representative)
  • John Martin   (Helston Town Council Representative)
  • Mike Thomas   (Cornwall Councillor, Helston North)
  • Guy Foreman   (Cornwall Councillor, Helston South & Meneage)
  • Charlotte Caldwell   (Helston Town Council Projects Officer – non-voting)
  • Maxine Hardy   (Cornwall Council Community Link Officer – non-voting)

More information, including minutes of meetings and supporting documents can be accessed via the buttons below.

Anyone interested in helping or becoming a member of a project team can contact the group via the Discover Helston feedback form https://discoverhelston.co.uk/feedback/


Wheelbarrow Lane Helston


Click on the links to access the minutes of Place Shaping Board Meetings, Terms of Reference and other supporting documents.

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