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£30 million supermarket plans sweep in for Truro with 250 jobs

By WBMiles  |  Posted: January 29, 2014

Developers Hendra have proposed a £30 million supermarket development near Threemilestone in Truro.

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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.

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  • pilgrimboz  |  January 31 2014, 1:21PM

    Hand on, wasn't coyte farm turned down because they didn't want cornwall to become over developed? Yes the rotten truth is coming out now isn't it.

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  • pilgrimboz  |  January 31 2014, 1:19PM

    A stadium 'for Cornwall ' don't make me laugh, like everything else in the county it's for Truro so let's stop kidding ourselves.

  • MarjProops  |  January 29 2014, 10:32PM

    If all these supermarkets get built in Truro it will have a detrimental impact on St Austell. Therefore, they are bound to be approved by Cornwall Council Planning Committee!.

  • albru  |  January 29 2014, 1:20PM

    Every sympathy for people without jobs, and if these were factories or similar I would be much more likely to support, but the retail spend will not increase. If this does not happen, then it will simply be jobs in one place and probably more jobs lost in smaller retail outlets.

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  • Truro_England  |  January 29 2014, 12:29PM

    Please hurry up and build this!! I've lived in Truro all my life and seeking a new job, I'm currently on commission only getting less than min wage. But the nimbies wont care for my needs, as long as their ok with their jobs, own house and life.

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  • josdave  |  January 29 2014, 12:28PM

    We do not need one more supermarket there are far too many of them already.

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  • albru  |  January 29 2014, 12:12PM

    As ever the determination to ever develop and in this case an apparent disregard to the fact that supermarkets elsewhere are already starting to lose out big style to online shopping and delivery. If most of these happen, them write off the remaining shopping centres in Mid and West Cornwall and Truro will continue its slide to a collection of the most boring multiples and an increasing number of empty shops.

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      With Tesco, Sainsbury's and Aldi already in the city, and a Waitrose on the way, does Truro need any more supermarkets?

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