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Developers behind rejected Coyte Farm plans “weighing up all options” after regroup meeting

By CGGayle  |  Posted: January 22, 2014

Developers regroup after Coyte Farm plans rejected

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The team behind rejected plans to build a £110 million retail park and Marks and Spencer store at Coyte Farm say they are “weighing up their options” following a regroup meeting held yesterday.

Coyte Farm spokesman Simon Hoare said a number of options are being considered but no decision has yet been made.

“We met as a team and we went through a variety of options which we feel are in front of us,” he said.

“Further meetings are being held this week to decide how we will move forward.”

On Thursday members of Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee rejected the developers’ proposal to build a retail park, Sainsbury’s supermarket and petrol station in St Mewan, near St Austell, by just one vote.

The controversial application, jointly submitted by Metric Properties, Mercian Properties and Sainsburys, has divided members of the community.

Supporters of the scheme say the park would create hundreds of new jobs, bring national retailers to St Austell and provide an economic boost to Cornwall.

However opponents argue Coyte Farm would divert trade from the town centre and put traders out of business.

Following Thursday’s decision the developers said they would not walk away from their vision for St Austell.

“We are very conscious of both the high level of support expressed before the committee on the proposal and we have been overwhelmed by the level of support and the reaction to the committee’s decision,” Mr Hoare added.

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  • popnpix  |  January 29 2014, 9:04PM

    One assumes that once Coyte Farm is built, and I am sure it will be, those who are opposed to the development will refrain from shopping there? More parking and elbow room for those of us who are in favour of it ;)

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  • clairebbb  |  January 22 2014, 9:32PM

    As the article says... For Coyte Farm:- "Supporters of the scheme say the park would create hundreds of new jobs, bring national retailers to St Austell and provide an economic boost to Cornwall." Against Coyte Farm:- "However opponents argue Coyte Farm would divert trade from the town centre and put traders out of business." Surely the positives outweigh the negatives, in the long run. Stop being self-centered and start thinking more realistically about the future.

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  • StAustellAdam  |  January 22 2014, 8:43PM

    The main opponents of Coyte Farm, acting under the inappropriately titled "Together St Austell," have, by their ambush tactics only succeeded in creating a Divided St Austell. A week ago the general consensus was that people were broadly in favour of Coyte Farm by a ratio of 2 to 1 (65%) Since the decision last Thursday, and a furious and frenetic flurry of attention in established and social media, that figure has now jumped to 3 to 1 (75%) Wake up people ... it is clear that The Silent Majority have spoken, and they have said that they want Coyte Farm.

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  • Snozzlegirl  |  January 22 2014, 8:42PM

    Ridiculous decision. I am infuriated by people saying 'support your local town centre, shop in St Austell' This is NOT how business works, businesses have to attract custom by selling what people need/want. As it stands there is nothing I need in St Austell, there is nothing anyone I know needs, everybody drives to Truro/Plymouth or shops online not because we want to but because there is no alternative. Local businesses are not owed our custom they need to attract it like every other business in the world. I can't see how Coyte farm would have taken trade away from St Austell town centre, it would have stopped people driving to Truro, it would have cut down some online shopping but the proposed shops don't have any competitors in town so where's the conflict? St Austell should be a thriving town, it's well placed, so much tourism and pockets of wealth nearby, but terrible decision making has given us such a badly designed town centre (looks like Alcatraz from the Truro road and Mevagissy approaches, seriously who approved this?!!) that no major retailers want to be there. The whole area is going the same way as Carlyon bay, being forced to die. Why is sensible progress here always halted? Who's interests does this serve? Certainly not the vast majority of residents.

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  • beaujester  |  January 22 2014, 5:19PM

    Not forgetting the failure of the 'Eco-Town'....

  • MarjProops  |  January 22 2014, 4:43PM

    Of over 1,100 respondents to this papers poll on whether the decision to reject was correct. 75% say the decision was wrong and therefore agree the development should have been given planning consent. The clear majority are probably very hopeful that the developers go to appeal as am I.

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  • wringer  |  January 22 2014, 4:00PM

    I hope that they appeal. if they do they will win. I cannot understand all these dinosaurs who insist that the town centre is sacrosanct. this isn't the 1950s when housewives went out to buy the tea every day. the only people in the high street are the elderly. young people don't have time to browse around and shop. they want to go to one place, get it all under one roof with decent free parking and come home again. high streets need to play a different role in life now and its time to stop fighting it and embrace it.

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  • sau_sadhappy  |  January 22 2014, 3:25PM

    This decision is an absolute disgrace! How on earth can St Austell ever get any better when you have a council and chamber of commerce like ours? They should embrace the fact that these new business's want to come into our town. The town centre was never planned correctly in the first place and I don't have enough 'characters remaining' to list the amount of discrepancies there! However we have to live with another dreadful decision and work with it. So now the town centre should be as the signs point out when entering St Austell a 'Market Town' but to keep us residents in the 21st century and stop us creating more emissions by driving to Truro, build the outlets on the edge of town. St Austell could and should be such a thriving town and if we continue to stop progress we will never get anywhere. Change isn't always a bad thing if it is what the majority of residents want. Lets start moving these projects along instead of always throwing negatives in the way. Look at the neglect thats already happened... Carlyon Bay Regeneration!! St Austell Train Station (Platform 2)!! Tesco getting planning then doing nothing with Totem site!! The Town Centre that has no identity!!

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