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76 per cent of people say Coyte Farm plans should have been approved in Cornish Guardian poll

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 22, 2014

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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!"

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  • sau_sadhappy  |  January 22 2014, 4:47PM

    This decision is an absolute disgrace! How on earth can St Austell ever get any better when you have a council and chamber of commerce like ours? They should embrace the fact that these new business's want to come into our town. The town centre was never planned correctly in the first place and I don't have enough 'characters remaining' to list the amount of discrepancies there! However we have to live with another dreadful decision and work with it. So now the town centre should be as the signs point out when entering St Austell a 'Market Town' but to keep us residents in the 21st century and stop us creating more emissions by driving to Truro, build the outlets on the edge of town. St Austell could and should be such a thriving town and if we continue to stop progress we will never get anywhere. Change isn't always a bad thing if it is what the majority of residents want. Lets start moving these projects along instead of always throwing negatives in the way. Look at the neglect thats already happened... Carlyon Bay Regeneration!! St Austell Train Station (Platform 2)!! Tesco getting planning then doing nothing with Totem site!! Polkyth Leisure Centre The Town Centre that has no identity!! Need I go on?

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  • MarjProops  |  January 22 2014, 3:13PM

    It's about time that St Austell town council and Pentewan Council took notice. Also, the driving forces behind "Together Cornwall" who want a "community reunited" should think about giving the electorate what they want. Perhaps they should stop muddying the water and join forces with those in favour of the Coyte Farm development. In that way we would get £110 million private investment into the area, the creation of more jobs not just "Shelf Stackers" (Mrs Heyward) but also managerial and other high paid jobs, improved/additional leisure facilities and a much needed elderly care facility. http://tinyurl.com/nchmrep

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