Login Register

Hundreds turn out to St Austell supermarket public meeting

By CGCharlotte  |  Posted: January 18, 2013

St Austell supermarket public meeting: An artist's impression of the Coyte Farm development

St Austell supermarket public meeting: An artist's impression of the Coyte Farm development

Comments (0)

SIXTY residents turned out to express their views at a heated public meeting about three major supermarket plans for St Austell.

More than one hundred people packed into the committee room of St Austell One Stop Shop in Penwinnick Road on Wednesday, January 16, evening.

The meeting was for residents to give Cornwall Council's strategic planning committee their views about three planning applications involving supermarkets.

Arguably the most controversial of the three is Coyte Farm, by developers Mercian, which would see a £110 million, 160,000sq ft, out-of-town retail park built on 98 acres of green land at St Mewan.

Related content

It would feature a Sainsbury's supermarket and a Marks and Spencer as well as a care home, pub and petrol station.

The second , by developer Terrace Hill, seeks to demolish the existing Cornwall Council offices on Penwinnick Road to make way for 21st-century offices and a new supermarket, creating about 350 jobs.

Cornwall Council said the proposed four-storey office block would safeguard the 450 public sector jobs in the town and save about £700,000 a year.

The third application is for a Morrison's supermarket on brownfield land at the Pentewan Lab site, by developers Broadley Park Properties.

Residents gave arguments both for and against the applications and opinion appeared to be totally divided on Coyte Farm.

Some said it would destroy the town centre, whereas others stated St Austell needed more development and more national retailers.

"My children can't be sustained on green fields, they're not squirrels!" passionate resident Jenny Trennelly said at the meeting, in favour of all three applications.

But resident Jamie Armstrong had concerns. He said at the meeting: "There's more than ample evidence to show car fumes cause all sorts of things like autism and vastly encourage premature deaths and births."

Do you have something to say? Leave your comment here...

max 4000 characters
  • CoyteFarm  |  January 20 2013, 6:24PM

    For more information on Coyte Farm please visit our Facebook page http://tinyurl.com/cl5s3ge or follow us on Twitter http://tinyurl.com/c6mzppn

    Rate   -3
    Report
  • simplygreen  |  January 18 2013, 3:01PM

    ""My children can't be sustained on green fields, they're not squirrels!" passionate resident Jenny Trennelly said at the meeting." She also said that didn't have a clue about these sort of developments, that was after shouting "build the lot of them". ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "There's more than ample evidence to show car fumes cause all sorts of things like autism and vastly encourage premature deaths and births." - Jamie Armstrong An almost completely irrelevant statement in an age when people travel almost everywhere by car. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ So TIC, where is the professional journalism? Where are the comments made my Mark Robinson from Ellandi, the company who have recently bought White River Place; who are passionate about preserving town centres and who's innovative actions has seen a 73% increase in footfall into the town centre in December, compared to December 2012? Where was your reporter when representatives from St Austell BID got up to speak? I could go on... Quoting the rants of one woman who admitted 'she didn't have a clue' and the views of some local hippy is not what the people of St Austell or a wider Cornwall audience expect from their largest news outlet. It provides nothing of any substance nor puts any meat on the bone for either side of the argument for your readers to evaluate. Please rewrite this article, expand on the points made by some very intelligent and conscientious speakers and give your readers something to stimulate their minds in order to form their own fact based opinions of what this huge development may or may not do to their town centre and local community. A development of this stature needs better journalism that this short and incomplete report.

    Rate   13
    Report
  • MarjProops  |  January 18 2013, 12:05PM

    "Hundreds turn out to St Austell supermarket public meeting" I've told you a million times not to exaggerate!. The use of the plural (Hundreds) is inaccurate reporting. Typical newspaper trying to sensationalise a story!

    Rate   8
    Report

      YOUR COMMENTS AWAITING MODERATION

       
       

      MORE NEWS HEADLINES

       
       
       

      MOST POPULAR