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Decision is due on supermarket

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 06, 2013

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FOLLOWING months of speculation, a decision on whether a Tesco store will be built on the outskirts of Looe is set to be made tomorrow – Thursday, February 7.

The controversial plans will go before Cornwall Council's strategic planning committee, which will decide whether the supermarket giant should be granted permission to build on land on the east side of Barbican Road, East Looe.

Officers have recommended the application be approved, subject to conditions.

This week Looe Strategic Group spoke out against the plans, urging councillors to refuse permission.

In a statement it said: "We are worried that, by siting the supermarket out of town, the commercial focus of Looe would be split in two opposing directions. One would have free parking and the other not.

"How many would then choose the centre when they could park freely up on the hill?"

It added: "We are not against a supermarket in Looe per se, but contend that this proposal is premature because there is a more central, viable and preferable brownfield site at Polean next to the main car park waiting to be developed."

In November a report published by Grimley GVA, which was commissioned by Cornwall Council to assess the potential sites, recommended the Polean one – which sits opposite the Millpool car park – as a preferable location for a supermarket in the town compared to the Barbican Road site.

Following the publication of the report, Looe Town Council updated its recommendations in favour of refusing the application.

Cornwall Councillor for East Looe, Armand Toms, will be speaking at tomorrow's meeting.

Mr Toms said: "I will be highlighting the concerns raised by residents."

Cornwall Council has marketed the Polean site and a supermarket has shown interest in making an application to the council to build a store on the land.

If the application to build a Tesco store is approved, the application to build a supermarket at Polean will not go any further.

Cornwall Council's planning officers have recommended the strategic planning committee approves the plans for Barbican Road, which also include 36 affordable houses, a petrol station and a jet wash.

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