MORE than three quarters of Cornish Guardian readers who voted said plans to build a shopping centre and M&S store at Coyte Farm should have been approved.
After Thursday's crunch meeting more than 1,100 people answered our online polls asking if members of Cornwall Council's strategic planning committee made the right decision.
The results show 76 per cent said no, compared to 23 per cent who said yes and 1 per cent who weren't sure.
Following the meeting hundreds of people took to social media sites to have their voices heard.
On the Cornish Guardian's Facebook page Psymon Ellis said the plans would have brought people into St Austell. He wrote: "Such a bad idea to deny this. It would bring people to a deadbeat town."
But others said they were relieved by the councillors' decision.
Julie Fox wrote: "I am so glad it got refused. St Austell is not dead. Locals need to have pride in their home town and use it." Steve Cooper simply said "Common sense prevailed for once."
On Twitter Sally Ann Flectcher said she was disappointed by the news.
She said: "It should have gone ahead. The pros outweighed the cons. Very disappointed."
Liam Dingle added: "Absolute bunch of jokers!"