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LIVE BLOG and WEBCAST: Cornwall’s planning committee to decide fate of proposed Coyte Farm development in St Austell

By CGGayle  |  Posted: January 16, 2014

  • The land at Coyte Farm

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Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee will today decide the fate of a proposed £110 million retail park and Marks & Spencer store at Coyte Farm.

If approved the controversial plans - submitted by Metric Property and Mercian Developments - would see a major new retail park built on the outskirts of St Austell, incorporating Marks and Spencer, Next and Sainsbury's stores.

Those supporting the scheme say the development will create hundreds of jobs and boost the local economy.

However many traders fear the park is too big and would kill the town centre.

Dozens of people, both for and against the development, are expected to gather outside County Hall in Truro this morning in a final bid to sway councillors' votes ahead of the crunch meeting.

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  • Malc4  |  January 20 2014, 7:12PM

    Another opportunity missed by st awful austell town silly unwanted centre.. this would of helped so many people woukld of brought peeps in ... but noooooo.. they should be sacked for saying why are we paying them for saying no..... the peeps of st austel are let down ...

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  • stonkin  |  January 16 2014, 8:34PM

    "I hope they appeal. It's such a shame that the deciding vote was made by someone who clearly is against any other town outside of Truro being regenerated. I rarely go since moving from Truro to St Austell and it's not much more trouble to go to Plymouth from here. I adore Cornwall but just feel so frustrated by decisions like these. I will continue to shop and support the shops in St Austell as I would have done had Coyte Farm gone ahead. There is nothing wrong with competition. Cornwall is very highly populated and needs more than we currently have to offer. It's online shopping that is the bigger problem not retail parks and the less choice people have in their local town the more likely they are to shop online. Why would I drive to truro, pay to park and try on an item in Next or M and S when I can go online at 8pm and try on 2 or 3 different sizes at home the very next day? I would have driven to Coyte Farm though. That would also have meant being served by a local person with a new job opportunity rather than a computer.

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  • stonkin  |  January 16 2014, 8:32PM

    "I hope they appeal. It's such a shame that the deciding vote was made by someone who clearly is against any other town outside of Truro being regenerated. I rarely go since moving from Truro to St Austell and it's not much more trouble to go to Plymouth from here. I adore Cornwall but just feel so frustrated by decisions like these. I will continue to shop and support the shops in St Austell as I would have done had Coyte Farm gone ahead. There is nothing wrong with competition. Cornwall is very highly populated and needs more than we currently have to offer. It's online shopping that is the bigger problem not retail parks and the less choice people have in their local town the more likely they are to shop online. Why would I drive to truro, pay to park and try on an item in Next or M and S when I can go online at 8pm and try on 2 or 3 different sizes at home the very next day? I would have driven to Coyte Farm though. That would also have meant being served by a local person with a new job opportunity rather than a computer."

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  • JeremyBadger  |  January 16 2014, 5:11PM

    Recently known as St. Awfull, soon to be known as St. Forgotten, another opportunity missed! Just goes to prove that these councillors do NOT represent the majority of the electorate and are only interested in their own neck of the woods (Truro etc.)

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  • pilgrimboz  |  January 16 2014, 5:10PM

    I for one vow to never shop in Truro again. It's online from now on.

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  • wringer  |  January 16 2014, 5:03PM

    ...yes but its all about truro isn't it and what effect it would have had on truro. no one gives a stuff about st Austell just so long as good old truro is Ok. this development would have drawn people from the east of the county who all take their money to Plymouth where there is a proper choice of shops and its worth going to.

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  • pilgrimboz  |  January 16 2014, 4:43PM

    Vote of no confidence in our clearly trurocentric rotten councillors ?

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  • pilgrimboz  |  January 16 2014, 4:30PM

    Well done to all the selfish,greedy self interest groups you've consigned st austell to dwell for ever as the festering dump it has become Lets hope all the mouths who wrote big cheques about how marvelous st austell will be are named and shamed when they finally admit they can't cash them. Last one out of st austell turn out the lights. Enjoy your ****** 99p shops.

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  • MarjProops  |  January 16 2014, 4:28PM

    Another opportunity missed by St Austell. Hopefully the developers will take it to appeal but I wouldn't blame them if they just stuck two fingers up to the town and went somewhere else. Some of the politicians of this fair county are beyond belief with their self interests first. One of them even said she was acting on behalf of her constituents but in actual fact went against the majority of them. I guess she is looking to retire at the next elections. I'm feel really sorry for the youngsters who have been let down again by the local town council who didn't even ask them what they wanted. Very disappointing.

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