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POLL: Truro shops plan to rival Plymouth?

By West Briton  |  Posted: August 01, 2013

POLL: Truro shops plan to rival Plymouth?

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TRURO could become "the shopping hub of the South-West" after plans for a near-£100 million retail centre were unveiled.

Early draft proposals for a shopping centre on Pydar Street were presented to Truro City Council .

Totally Truro Business Improvement District manager Neil Scott outlined the early proposal from project partners Cornwall Council, Stanhope and LaSalle Investment Management.

It shows the £93 million centre could host a cinema complex with 250,000sq ft of retail space, a 100,000sq ft department store, likely to be Debenhams, another large store, 10,000sq ft of restaurants and 700 parking spaces.

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With the likes of H&M and Primark previously expressing interest in opening their first Cornish stores, it is believed they could move into the new complex. Mr Scott said: "The development will put Truro on the map and prevent people from going to the likes of Plymouth. It could become the shopping hub of the South West."

A deal was secured in 2011 for a three-acre "regeneration site" on Pydar Street.

Developers Stanhope and LaSalle completed a £6 million-plus deal, hoping to join it with the Cornwall Council-owned Carrick House site to create a huge complex.

But plans had gone cold over the past two years.

Now, with outline draft proposals on the cards, interest is heating up again.

Martyn Chase, from Stanhope, said: "The current position is that LaSalle Investment Management and Stanhope are working behind the scenes to bring forward proposals for the mixed use, retail-led redevelopment of the Pydar Street site in Truro.

"The proposals have the potential to finally realise the site's outstanding potential and deliver a range of benefits to the city centre and the wider Truro area, by increasing the amount of time visitors spend in the city."

But he also said other large-scale retail developments around Truro could put the development at risk.

He added: "Schemes such as that proposed at Coyte Farm (near St Austell) would be a hammer-blow to Truro, making redevelopment of the site and the associated investment unviable."

Cornwall Council said: "As an adjoining landowner, Cornwall Council has met with Stanhope to discuss the future of the wider site.

"In due course it is anticipated that a report will be presented to Cabinet with options whereby a comprehensive redevelopment could be delivered, subject to consultation and planning consent."

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  • Mindwarp  |  August 07 2013, 9:14PM

    This is the worst thing that could happen to Cornwall and the local economy. TIddler67, have you seen the rest of Britain? It is ugly thanks to an invasion by identikit multinational corporations whose proliferation is orchestrated by MPs and local councils who are given cash incentives to do so. Meanwhile the money flows out of the communities and the local people are made to struggle on minimum wage or benefits then told that immigrants are to blame for taking all the work away - this is a lie. If the local economy is to flourish it needs local business (encouraged by local councils), not just local wage slaves who function as batteries to power the elitist corporate/political machine. Wake up everybody. :)

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  • wimbledon09  |  August 05 2013, 4:46PM

    "For Cornwall's sake I do hope that this center gets the go ahead after the years of proposals. It is hugely important that sites like this are given the green light asap. It is no use building homes in and around the County without luring in large organisation to provide work for the population. Retail and leisure are 2 of the main industrys in the UK and at present Cornwall is loosing out to both Plymouth and Exeter as it's population spend their hard earned wages out of County. To enable us to push forward and provide better prospects for generations to come we must move into the 21st century, it makes economic sense. At present we are held to ransom by small exclusive retailers that provide niche goods for the tourist trade and upper classes. We need to look and the population of the County that live here all year, every year and provide them with the choice and opportunity that the rest of the Country have. We only have to look at the increase in jobs, town wealth and increase in visitor numbers for Exeter since they had their city rebuild to know that this can only be a very positive thing for Cornwall and why can we not have both the Truro center and proposed center in St Austell Devon has both Exeter and and Plymouth, There are many more stores that we could lure into Cornwall as long as we have the right City and town managers."

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  • tiddler67  |  August 02 2013, 6:45PM

    About time cornwall caught up with the rest of England build some good amenity instead of houses and retirement homes . There is a yoing generation who where born and live in cornwall.

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  • BradleyJJS  |  August 01 2013, 11:28PM

    I can not stand either and hate this obsession with sterile shopping centres lacking local flavour, a backwards step for the west of Cornwall who would be selling out for little upside. If Plymouth is meant to be the centre at the moment god help us all, it looks more like it has been bombed outside that Circus (apt name).

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  • GillZMartin  |  August 01 2013, 8:35PM

    If this initiative is actually delivered, it will be a tremendous step forward not only for Truro but for Cornwall.

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  • AveSticks  |  August 01 2013, 8:27PM

    Could be the end of the proposed Coyte Farm retail park if Cornwall Council are backing this development?

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