Developers hoping to create Cornwall’s first ‘pasty drive-thru’ in Helston have withdrawn their plans and put the site up for sale.
Helston Pasty Co Ltd had applied for permission to turn the former Hilltop Garage at the top of Sithney Common Hill into a pasty takeaway and shop in which to sell other Cornish produce.
The scheme had sparked anger among some business owners in nearby Helston, who claimed at a Helston Town Council meeting in April that the town could “not survive any more hardship.”
As a result members had unanimously recommended that permission be refused, with concerns over an “unacceptable” increase in traffic, threat to highway safety and “significant” loss of amenities to neighbours, owing to fumes and odours, being among the reasons.
However, agents for the project, Laurence Associates, had stated there was “significant local support” for it.
The firm said at the time: “Given the extent of the existing building and a prominent nature of the site, the applicants have aspirations that the site should become a showcase for the display and sale of Cornish produce. In this regard the applications believe that the site could become a tourist attraction in its own right.
In the event the plan never came before Cornwall Council’s planning committee and this week Ken Cocking, who had been behind the venture, confirmed the application was withdrawn and the site on the market.
Mr Cocking, who had been working on the scheme with his sons and business partner, is reported to have said they felt there was “no point” in carrying on the plan.