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War for supermarket supremacy in Truro

By WBMiles  |  Posted: March 07, 2014

A map showing the various supermarket planning applications in Truro.

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A quiet war for supermarket supremacy is going on in Truro.

There are now five different sites trying to get planning permission for supermarket developments in the west of Truro.

The proposals are mostly to the north of the A390 route that runs from Chiverton Cross into Truro with the latest scheme to the south of the main artery, towards Greenbottom.

Both Asda and Morrisons have said they are interested in setting up shop in Truro. On the other side of town preparatory work has now started on the Truro Eastern District Centre that will include a Waitrose store.

Helical Bar, the company behind plans to redevelop Truro City Football Club’s ground, said it hoped to submit an application for a retail park on the Treyew Road site in the spring.

Cornwall Council said more than one supermarket site near Threemilestone could be successful in winning planning consent.

Some of the proposals have been on the cards for a long time but decisions will be made in the next few months which will shape the city for years to come.

1 - Inox

Development company Inox has launched proposals for a supermarket, cycling track, petrol station and housing next to its planned stadium at Threemilestone.

The company claims the scheme would fund the stadium and “inject commercial reality into the process” of building a stadium for Cornwall.

The identity of the supermarket involved is not yet clear. The supermarket scheme would be in addition to the Inox development for 1,500 homes at Langarth that have already been granted planning permission.

The company said it had now secured an option on 35 acres of land adjoining Langarth Farm and had instructed commercial property agents to market the site to companies – including supermarket operators.

2 - Ivydene

A company called Firmguide Ltd has put in a pre-application for a supermarket development at Ivydene Farm to the south of the A390 near Greenbottom.

A letter sent to Cornwall Council from planning consultants Barton Willmore said the precise nature of the development was “subject to ongoing discussions”.

The current plans include a 6,500 sq m supermarket and seven business units, one of which would be a drive-thru.

3 - Langarth

In July last year Cornwall Council granted outline planning consent for 1,500 homes at Langarth on land around the park-and-ride site.

The development would also include a primary school, a care home, a community centre, a hotel and a 600-space extension to the park-and-ride.

Inox, the development company behind the plans, has promised to donate land for a stadium for Cornwall. The question of who would fund the £24 million stadium has never been cleared up and Inox now wants to build a supermarket on a separate parcel of land to pay for the stadium.

4 - Hendra

Newquay-based developer Hendra has submitted an outline application for a 6,708sq m superstore with car parking and a petrol station on the other side of the A390 from Threemilestone.

A Hendra spokesman said the scheme had “received confirmation of interest from food retailers including Morrisons”.

Planning permission had previously been granted to Hendra for the same site in March 2013 for a mixed use scheme including a hotel, restaurant, retail and homes.

Hendra said it would give up some land so the A390 corridor could be expanded.

5 - Willow Green

Developer LXB wants to build 435 homes and an Asda supermarket at Willow Green just off the A390.

The developer said it had a commitment from the supermarket giant to put a store on the site if the planning application was successful.

LXB said once planning approval was granted, it could be on site within 12 months.

LXB had previously teamed up with Walker developments who have submitted proposals for land on the adjacent site at Maiden Green but the developers have now parted company.

6 - Maiden Green

Walker developments wants to build a supermarket and 650 homes on land at Maiden Green.

The multi-million pound development would include a supermarket, space for a primary school, a community hall, a crèche or nursery and a bar or restaurant and hotel.

Walker said its development would also deliver a new access road joining up the congested A390 west of the Truro College roundabout with the northern sites of the Royal Cornwall Hospital, thereby taking some cars off the congested A390.

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  • stef_r  |  March 11 2014, 9:39AM

    As the economic hub of Cornwall it is important that the decision makers make the right call regarding the future development of Truro. Traditionally they are negative about any development, spending tax-payers money on pointless appeals and employing tactics to delay and discourage any inward investment. This is not true of other councils which look at planning applications in a far more positive light seeing the growth, employment and housing that come with it. Such authorities focus on getting as much for the local community as they can. Truro has an additional responsibility to the rest of the county; refusing to allow development harms the county as a whole. If you live in Truro you have the advantages of being in a City but it will inevitably mean that it will need to develop and expand.

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  • JP2609  |  March 07 2014, 11:17AM

    My money is on either Maiden Green or Inox/Langarth as all of the others are doing a smash and grab for the cash that a supermarket will pay without delivering any of the wider benefits to the area. At least Maiden Green can do something with the traffic and provide an alternative road to the hospital. They also seem to be offering various other community focused uses (nursery, etc). The Stadium is obviously the big draw that Inox/Langarth can provide if they get the supermarket, but they were approved for their housing at committee three years ago and they haven't put a spade in the ground yet so you have to wonder if it is just a bit too far out for anything to happen - Truro should always have been developed from Treliske outwards, not granting consent a mile away from anything else and then back-filling everything in between. Josdave, if it's any consolation I think the damage of supermarkets on local grocers was done years ago, they now just seem to be taking trade off each other!

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  • josdave  |  March 07 2014, 9:05AM

    None of the money taken by the supermarkets stays in Cornwall while the income received by the local traders who face being forced out by unfair trading practices goes to the community. As if there isn't enough supermarkets in Cornwall already why more? A future with nothing but a choice between supermarkets is a very bleak future indeed.

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