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Developers behind rejected Coyte Farm to submit amended application

By CGGayle  |  Posted: February 13, 2014

Coyte Farm developers to appeal Cornwall Council's decision to refuse planning permission

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The developers behind rejected plans to build a retail park and Sainsbury’s supermarket at Coyte Farm in St Austell will submit an amended planning application.

Plans to build the controversial shopping centre on the outskirts of the town were narrowly thrown out by one vote after dividing Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee last month.

The developers behind the £110 million scheme, London Metric Property and Mercian Developments, today announced they have instructed a legal team to prepare an appeal and will resubmit an amended planning application to Cornwall Council this summer.

In a statement they said: “Legal Advice has been sought and the developers are reserving their right to appeal the refusal and have instructed Counsel to begin preparation of the appeal case.”

It continued: “Notwithstanding the above, and to underline the applicants’ long stated commitment to working with the local community and Cornwall Council, they have decided not to appeal immediately and to submit a fresh planning application to Cornwall Council.

“This proposal will seek to address the reasons for refusal. Submission of this application is expected by the early summer.”

Simon Hoare, spokesman for Coyte Farm, said the developers have been overwhelmed by public support following the committee’s decision.

“While we were disappointed with the SPC [Strategic planning committee] decision we have been bowled over by both the level of public support for our proposal and by the very real sense of anger which has been expressed locally in the media and on social media towards the Committee’s decision and the despair that the future of St Austell is strangled by the interests of Truro,” he said.

“This support, the recommendation of officers to approve and the closeness of the committee vote have encouraged us to have another go and work up a second application.

“Local St Austell people have asked us not to walk away but to stand and fight for what they want. That is what we are going to do.”

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  • Hitchcock Accountancy Services Ltd  |  February 17 2014, 5:10PM

    great news for st austell.. a long time coming .. tol the person complaiining about m&s so what.. we are just as entitled to have our own m&s in st austell and save on wasting fuel too-ing and froo-ing.. think of the carbon footprint mate.. Coyte Farm hurry up we need you NOW, and lets hope there will also be lots of improvements in the town centre...

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  • SnozzellBoy  |  February 14 2014, 5:03PM

    CHOICE of shops and also CHOICE of jobs is what the residents, especially the younger generation, of St Austell & Cornwall deserve. There is light at the end of the tunnel for St Austell, we just need Carlyon Bay completed, Par Docks marina, the new train service to the clay villages, and cable car system linking the eco-town developments and we'll be a town for the 21st century!

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  • JeremyBadger  |  February 14 2014, 12:31PM

    Just a simple question................Why is it that the Coyte Farm Development will be able to allow free parking and yet St Austell shoppers have to pay to park in town when shopping? Quite obvious really, the councillors couldn't care less about the shoppers at all !

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  • ImSparticus  |  February 13 2014, 9:35PM

    This is confusing, as I see it the survey on this website showed more people against than for. Democracy is dead long live Pickles, Banksters and the sheeple can follow the great idol of consumerism. The dangled carrot of superstores encouraging the salivation of the consumers. If a big store wants to set-up stall in a town it will. Primark the company who's suppliers beat the children who make the clothes in sweat shop factories (if that's what they are?), hope the consumers feel really good about wearing them while their children are having an education. In a country that can't feed itself it's unbelievable that tarmac over green and productive land is presented as beneficial. Three golf courses and they present an acadamy as an after thought to fill the plan. I'm sure everyone can afford that pursuit for their children in this economic climate. These developers are out for themselves, so yes they will "stand and fight", then they'll be gone, with fattened wallets. Then the supporting locals can benefit by more traffic jams (already out to Hewaswater in the peak season!), Trewoon will have more traffic, how long does it take to get from Trewoon to Truro Road in summer? The water run-off will cause more problems, the police are stretched enough as it is. The School traffic at St Mewan is already testing enough a car park will not do anything to an increase in traffic. The ancient well and roman works will be trashed. Penwinnick, Crinnis, Pentewan Road Labs, Holmbush area all viable options, Par Stadium (that was succesfull wasn't it ....), maybe not an option because there's not enough money to be made for the developers. This will kill St Austell town, which is already on its knees. As for our MP ......no leadership, representation just playsafe wooley comments...David Penhaligon he ain't.

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  • MarjProops  |  February 13 2014, 8:33PM

    @yveyk Have a look at https://http://tinyurl.com/qbyazph the picture shows St Austell high street at 2pm on a Saturday........ IT IS ALREADY DEAD!

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  • MarjProops  |  February 13 2014, 8:29PM

    @ josdave You're expecting a lot of red arrows probably because your opinion doesn't gel with the majority of locals that actually do want an M&S, Next, River Island & Primark in St Austell. If that could be achieved on brown field sites then all well and good but alas there are none that are appropriate. Anyway, its not just about M&S etc its about jobs, £110 million private investment that somebody is prepared to spend on the area.

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  • josdave  |  February 13 2014, 7:45PM

    Anyone who takes notice of comments on Facebook must believe politicians are truthful as well. This so called development will ruin St Austell centre. As for those who made an issue out of M & S being there to get there you would have to drive and there is already an M & S at Truro. Do we really need one every 15 miles? I expect this to get a lot of red arrows from those shortsighted people who think Coyte Farm is a good idea. Those concerned about St Austell would be better supporting something on brownfield site nearer the centre and not concreting over good arable land.

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  • yveyk  |  February 13 2014, 5:15PM

    Why do St Austell want a site that will kill the high street. High streets everywhere are under threat from idiots in county hall who allow Cormac to take out pedestrian crossings and put in speed limits that no one wants or needs. Most of us would rather shop on line or go where there are large number of high street shops and not just charity shops.

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  • AveSticks  |  February 13 2014, 4:02PM

    PramsrMike - firstly, as the next Cornwall Council elections aren't until 2017, you've got a long wait if you think that will help the decision on Coyte Farm. Secondly, Malcolm Harris was elected in the St Mewan ward specifically because of his anti-Coyte Farm stance. Just because the 'Silent Mafia' have started throwing their weight around, it doesn't mean people in the area agree with them. Although many people aren't speaking up at the moment due to the bullying and intimidation that's going on.

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  • pramsrmike  |  February 13 2014, 2:04PM

    The best possible news for St. Austell. Now the fight really starts! Those local councillors who voted against the original plan, namely Malcolm Harris & David Hughes, would be well advised to ask their constituents, in St. Mewan and Fowey / Tywardreath respectively, what their views really are, this time, as these are the people that they represent, not rule. The Silent Majority of St. Austell's Facebook page will be canvassing those two areas particularly in the run-up to the relevant Strategic Planning Committee meeting and if their votes at that meeting do not represent the majority wishes of their constituents, then I, for one, will stand against Cllr. Harris at the next Council election and I know that Cllr. Hughes will also face a tough fight.

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