Controversial Coyte Farm development refused 11/10

Controversial Coyte Farm development refused 11/10

Controversial Coyte Farm development refused 11/10

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The controversial Coyte Farm development has been refused amid dramatic scenes at Cornwall Council this afternoon.

The vote went down to the wire, with the application rejected 11 votes to 10, with the chairman of the strategic planning committee Rob Nolan, a Truro councillor, having the casting vote.

People for and against the plan for a £100m out-of-town shopping centre were on hand to watch the debate unfold at New County Hall.

The application would have seen Mercian Developments Ltd build on a 100-acre site at Coyte Farm, on the outskirst of St Austell.

Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury's were highlighted as potential tenants, alongside a Next store, a petrol station, and a 'golf academy'. Improvements to a nearby primary school were also on the cards, although the school wrote to Cornwall Council to point out they had not been consulted on the scheme.

Protestors have argued that it will seriously damage the town centre, with a report saying it could see 28 per cent of trade lost

St Austell town councillors failed to support the development at a close run vote in December.

Mercian Developments and Metric Properties had argued it would bring jobs, and keep money in the area that would otherwise be spent in nearby towns.

You can read the reaction on Twitter below

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4:55pm Thu 16 Jan 14

gazz021 says...

A final nail in the coffin of this fast dying town, I'm thankful I live in Truro and continue to enjoy the shops and bright town centre we have.
A final nail in the coffin of this fast dying town, I'm thankful I live in Truro and continue to enjoy the shops and bright town centre we have. gazz021
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5:01pm Thu 16 Jan 14

MARTIN GILL says...

I believe common sense has prevailed for once in the strategic planning committee. However, i am sure that the company behind the scheme will be sufficiently encouraged by the closeness of the vote and appeal.
I am sick of these developers from up the line trying to muscle their way into the county, with the sole intention of 'making a fast buck', and carving up what little is left of the Countryside. It has become somewhat fashionable in recent times to build vast Supermarkets on the edge of our Towns, to the detriment of established Retailers. Helston is a prime example, and so is Hayle.
I believe common sense has prevailed for once in the strategic planning committee. However, i am sure that the company behind the scheme will be sufficiently encouraged by the closeness of the vote and appeal. I am sick of these developers from up the line trying to muscle their way into the county, with the sole intention of 'making a fast buck', and carving up what little is left of the Countryside. It has become somewhat fashionable in recent times to build vast Supermarkets on the edge of our Towns, to the detriment of established Retailers. Helston is a prime example, and so is Hayle. MARTIN GILL
  • Score: -1

5:29pm Thu 16 Jan 14

ronedgcumbe says...

Hopefully they will appeal.
Maybe primark will now come to Truro.
Hopefully they will appeal. Maybe primark will now come to Truro. ronedgcumbe
  • Score: 4

2:28pm Fri 17 Jan 14

ElevenEleven says...

gazz021 wrote:
A final nail in the coffin of this fast dying town, I'm thankful I live in Truro and continue to enjoy the shops and bright town centre we have.
How would Coyte farm have helped St Austell town centre?

Apart from that, I do agree with you about Truro. it seems to be the only place in Cornwall with any real drive and energy about it. Always fairly busy when I go over there.
[quote][p][bold]gazz021[/bold] wrote: A final nail in the coffin of this fast dying town, I'm thankful I live in Truro and continue to enjoy the shops and bright town centre we have.[/p][/quote]How would Coyte farm have helped St Austell town centre? Apart from that, I do agree with you about Truro. it seems to be the only place in Cornwall with any real drive and energy about it. Always fairly busy when I go over there. ElevenEleven
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