THE chairman of the St Austell Bay Chamber of Commerce – a body which voted against Coyte Farm – has stood down after just four months in the job.
John Kneller said he resigned from the position due to "personal reasons" but would remain a member of the organisation.
Mr Kneller, who is also chairman of Together St Austell, a group of business leaders calling for development within the town centre, said he had enjoyed being the chamber's chairman but had decided to stand down for a number of reasons.
Reflecting on his short time in the job, he said when he first took up the position he had hoped to highlight several problems affecting businesses in the town.
"There were a number of things that I thought were important for St Austell and they still are important," Mr Kneller said. "There are a number of things I thought we could do to try to improve the town centre in particular, such as business rates and car parking.
"Both are ongoing issues."
Steve Hurst, a longstanding member of the St Austell Bay Chamber of Commerce, said in recent weeks the body had received seven applications for membership from prominent supporters of the Coyte Farm scheme.
He said the chamber welcomed applications from new businesses.
"We're getting applications from the pro-Coyte Farm group," he said. "If they're genuine applications from businesses in the area that's absolutely fine."
Mr Hurst said when a vote was taken on whether the chamber would support the Coyte Farm application last year, 145 members had voted against the scheme and three had abstained.