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Plans to turn Truro City Football Club's ground into retail park to be submitted in the spring

By Rhod_Mitchell  |  Posted: January 11, 2014

Truro City's Treyew Road ground could be turned into a retail park. Picture Simon Bryant/Pinnacle

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A planning application to develop Truro City’s Treyew Road ground and adjacent land into a retail park, possibly featuring a major supermarket, is expected to be submitted to Cornwall Council shortly.

London-based property investment and developers company Helical Bar have been working up their proposals to develop the site, in conjunction with the football club, said Truro City chairman Pete Masters in a statement today.

He added: “They are in pre-application discussions with Cornwall Council as to the size and content of the scheme and hope to submit an application in the spring.

“Prior to submission, Helical will consult with all interested parties including a public exhibition in order to receive feedback prior to finalising the design.

“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 will be objecting to the proposals by LXB at Willow Green Farm because they consider this to be far beyond the intentions set out in the planning brief for Threemilestone and beyond the intention of a district centre to serve the local needs.

“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.

“Given the position, the club found itself in prior to Philip (City vice-chairman Philip Perryman) and my intervention, we see this as a positive move which will contribute to securing the long term future of Truro City Football Club and ensure that events that threaten our very existence will never be repeated.

“Further updates will be released as matters develop.”

The ground is currently owned by a firm called JoJo Investco, but Helical Bar have an option to buy it and develop it for retail.

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  • josdave  |  January 13 2014, 11:05AM

    Planners! A 10 year old could do better and at the same time predict the effect it would have on an area already overloaded with traffic. That combined with the "development" on the eastern side of Truro will see traffic so bad that many people will avoid the city. This will worsen the trade in Truro so come on you so-called planners get your act together.

  • Truro_England  |  January 13 2014, 10:03AM

    @Big_Ger Some people are happy for Cornwall to continue living in the past, believing we can all make a living in being fisherman or farmers and won't accept change. Of course, seeing my profile name subjects me to red arrows, I was born in Truro which allows me to have my opinion and how I would like to see Truro move forward.

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  • Big_Ger  |  January 13 2014, 8:06AM

    Truro needs to evolve or die. I'm sorry, but just saying "no!" to all development will kill our city and county stone dead. Sure there has to be limits and controls, but surely it's better to have managed development than stagnation and slow decline?

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  • DipStick  |  January 11 2014, 7:43PM

    @Truro_England: what the h3ll does the year have to do with over-expansion of supermarkets and short-sighted planners (at best ...) completely ruining normal life (as in hugely increased congestion) for the rest of us? DS

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  • Truro_England  |  January 11 2014, 7:28PM

    I live down the road from the football club ( how many of you do) ? I'm in favour of this and any development plans for Truro, it's a city and it's 2014.

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  • nrobinson  |  January 11 2014, 7:04PM

    There probably isn't one resident or commuter to Truro, whose foremost thought when hearing of this proposal wont question the impact to the main arterial route. Lets hope our planners are diligent when they respond to the developers screening opinion request that they have submitted.

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  • JellyPerson  |  January 11 2014, 1:59PM

    This development will increase traffic on one of the most congested roads in Truro. It's bad enough there now. Why make it worse?

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  • cockneyboy17  |  January 11 2014, 1:44PM

    Our planners seem hell-bent on ruining our once lovely county. Will soon be just like the rat-race we see up country. Lots of brown envelopes in circulation?

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  • dtreth  |  January 11 2014, 12:53PM

    A destructive arms race of overdevelopment as shown by the quote? "Truro needs this space to attract new retailers to the city to enable it to compete against proposals at St Austell and Hayle.

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