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Cornwall Council agrees Morrisons deal in Looe

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 20, 2013

By Gayle McDonald

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PEOPLE in Looe have come one step closer to finally having a supermarket built in the town, after Cornwall Council agreed to sell a plot of land at Polean to Morrisons.

The decision was made just one week after Cornwall Council's strategic planning committee rejected Tesco's plans to build a store, petrol station and 36 affordable new homes on land off Barbican Road.

Cornwall councillor for East Looe, Armand Toms, said: "Had Morrisons not come in with a bid for Polean then Tesco probably would have got permission, but in the Grimley sequential test Polean came out as the better site."

During Wednesday's meeting, the Cabinet agreed to sell the land to the supermarket chain and bring forward the development of the site.

"A majority of residents in the town want a supermarket and I hope Morrisons bring forward plans and public consultation soon," Mr Toms added.

Cornwall councillor for West Looe and Lansallos, Edwina Hannford, who spoke at the meeting, said she hopes the development will benefit community projects in the town.

"I argued strongly that a proportion if not all of the capital receipt that Cornwall Council will receive should be ploughed back into Looe to fund community projects and support for the trading centres of East and West Looe," Mrs Hannaford said.

"I would also want to ensure that any adverse impacts on the trading centres of East and West Looe are mitigated and linked trips encouraged.

The deal includes a new store for Jewsons, improvements to the access and road safety around the site and funding towards social housing via the West Looe Town Trust.

Mrs Hannaford said: " If this deal can deliver ... plus truly affordable housing for local people, improved workshop facilities, as well as road improvements, this could be a good deal for Looe."

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  • davidgambo  |  February 20 2013, 11:59AM

    There is a need to engage in the planning process at an early stage with regard to Morrisons' proposals for Looe, rather than reacting to something that has already been half decided. Until more information is released it is difficult to say what support will be given to the Polean scheme so the following points are just some initial thoughts that reflect recent survey published on http://tinyurl.com/bkdkbxg : 1) The foodstore to be of moderate size, say 20,000 sq ft max, 2) Selling predominantly convenience goods - as this is what local residents have been asking for, and also to limit a wider impact on existing high street businesses, 3) Consideration be given to setting up a fund to help negate/mitigate adverse impact on the trading centres of East and West Looe. 4) The development to be without a petrol filling station so as to limit additional traffic impact, 5) As far as possible to be hidden away and massing and scale of building to be disguised by subdivision, 6) Consideration to be given to the appearance of the roof from distance, 7) The store's architecture to respect local character and use local finishes such as stone/ slate/ timber and lime-wash white but not brick or untypical materials, 8) Need to consult interested parties such as 'Friends of Kilminorth Woods' regarding mitigation measures and landscaping, 9) Consideration be given to retaining sufficient town-centre car parking for holiday periods, and rethink parking charges in Looe generally, 10) Improvements to be made to the access road and junction, 11) Cornwall Council to engage independent transport consultants to look at road/traffic impact and management both in the immediate and wider areas. Looe Strategy Group

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