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Planning wars over Asda site in Truro as football club says application is imminent

By WBMiles  |  Posted: January 17, 2014

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Planning wars have broken out in Truro as rival developments jockey for position.

Helical Bar, the company behind plans to develop Truro City Football Club said it hoped to submit an application for a retail park on the site in the spring.

Helical Bar also said they would be objecting to plans already submitted by developer LXB for 435 homes and an Asda supermarket at Willow Green off the A390.

A spokesman for LXB said its scheme had gone through extensive consultation and already had a commitment from Asda to put a store on the site if the planning application was successful.

Pete Masters, chairman of Truro City, said Helical Bar were in discussions with Cornwall Council regarding the size and content of the scheme which would mean the football club would have to find a new home.

He said: “The precise content of the scheme has not yet been released but a successful development will enable the club to acquire a significant interest in a new ground.

“This could be the stadium site at Langarth Farm but other alternatives are also being considered.”

Helical Bar confirmed Mr Masters’ announcement that it would be objecting to the LXB scheme.

Mr Masters said: “Treyew Rd is sequentially the nearest available site to the city centre and will provide space that the city centre cannot provide. Truro needs this space to attract new retailers to the city to enable it to compete against proposals at St Austell and Hayle.”

A spokesman for Helical Bar said the firm could not comment on whether Asda was a possible tenant for the site.

The LXB plans are for a 435-home development with 35 per cent affordable housing along with a school, a care home, a pub and community hall and the central section of the northern access road which has been designed to help alleviate traffic congestion between the park-and-ride and the hospital.

A spokesman for LXB said: “The football club site has never been allocated for retail use and will not support the planned highway improvements or housing that is needed to meet the demands of the growing population.

“The district centre at Willow Green has already been through an extensive consultation exercise and importantly has the legal commitment of Asda to operate a store there once it is built. They will create around 400 full and part-time jobs and we hope to start on site within 12 months of planning being approved, thereby boosting the local economy.”

The spokesman said Threemilestone was the ideal location for a supermarket to provide stores across the city.

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  • Truro_England  |  January 17 2014, 12:42PM

    Having lived in Truro all my life and a short distance from the ground, I wish they would build a decent swimming pool, a VUE cinema or a Toys R Us/ Smyths.

  • pilgrimboz  |  January 17 2014, 12:02PM

    this development will all hinge on an impact study of how it will effect business in st austell before being considered....... Oh of course not that just works the other way around doesn't it

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  • AveSticks  |  January 17 2014, 10:15AM

    Treyew Rd developers' Helical Bar say that this retail park is needed for Truro to compete against the proposed Coyte Farm retail park in St Austell. And if Coyte Farm manages to get built, after a while, they would no doubt argue that they need to extend their site to compete with new retail parks in Truro. And so, retail park after retail park would get built across Cornwall...

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  • josdave  |  January 17 2014, 9:41AM

    Forget Asda, as there are more than enough supermarkets already, and concentrate on homes. The obvious drawback is that with the "development" on the eastern side and that proposed for Threemilestone the traffic problem will be horrendous. Where do these planners live? Clearly not in the real world.

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