Supermarket wars are hotting up in Truro with the latest £30 million store plans released.
There are now four different sites on the outskirts of Truro vying for planning permission for supermarkets - with only two probable winners.
The latest developer to throw its hat into the ring is Hendra which has submitted an outline application for a 6,708 sq m superstore with car parking and a petrol station on the other side of the A390 from Threemilestone. A Hendra spokesman said the scheme had “received confirmation of interest from food retailers including Morrison’s”.
Developer LXB wants to build 435 homes and an Asda supermarket at Willow Green just off the A390 and said they had a commitment from the supermarket giant to put a store on the site if the planning application was successful.
Helical Bar, the company behind plans to develop Truro City Football Club said it hoped to submit an application for a retail park on the Treyew Road site in the spring. The developers said they would be objecting to the LXB plans.
The West Briton also reported last week how Inox, the developer behind plans for 1,500 homes at Langarth, wanted to build a supermarket and petrol station next to the park-and-ride and use the funds from the deal to build a stadium for Cornwall.
On the other side of Truro work on a Waitrose store at the top of Tregolls Road is expected to start this year.
Hendra said its latest plans would provide 250 jobs for Truro. If the supermarket plans went ahead Hendra would scrap previous proposals to build a Holiday Inn hotel on the site.
Hendra has teamed up with supermarket specialists Marsh and Baxter to push the latest application forward.
William Marsh from the firm said he was aware of “a number of competing sites for the supermarket allocation to serve Threemilestone”.
He said: “We believe that our submission to Cornwall council is the most practical and sensible location for any supermarket as it benefits from being immediately adjacent to the park and ride and enjoys the most direct links to Threemilestone centre.
“Significantly, we maintain locating the supermarket here will have materially less impact on traffic congestion on the A390 than competing applications.”
Morrisons has previously confirmed its interest in setting up shop in Truro but has not publicly attached itself to any one scheme.