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Duchy courts superstore (not Waitrose) for its Newquay site

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: October 22, 2012

  • BIG VISION: An artist's impression of the Duchy of Cornwall's proposed Nansledan development, which will include a new supermarket.

  • PEOPLE POWER: Members of RAID demonstrate against the planned Tesco supermarket on part of the Tretherras School site.

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THE Duchy of Cornwall says it has lined up one of the UK's top supermarket chains to open a store at its proposed Nansledan development in Newquay.

The Cornish Guardian reported earlier this month how detailed plans for Nansledan – the name given to a 218- hectare greenfield site off Quintrell Road and behind Hendra Road – would include 800 new homes, a primary school and shops as part of the Newquay Growth Area.

Also included in the development is a supermarket, and the Duchy claims it is in advanced negotiations with a big name.

However, it is believed that it will not be a Waitrose store. A similar Duchy development planned in Truro will include a Waitrose.

"At this stage we are not able to reveal the identity of the supermarket in question," a spokeswoman said.

Any food store on its land would not suffer should a proposed Tesco store on land at nearby Tretherras School win approval, she added.

The school is currently in discussions with Tesco about siting a 60,000sq ft store on land at the north of its site, currently occupied by the lower junior school, the Hexagon Theatre and Happy Days Nursery.

Meanwhile, campaigners fighting the proposed Tesco at Tretherras School kept up the pressure this week with a demonstration close to Porth Four Turns roundabout.

Waving banners, protestors from Residents Against Inappropriate Development (RAID) showed they would not give up without a fight.

Dr Valerie Martin from RAID said she welcomed the Duchy's plans for a supermarket and it would be on a better site than at Tretherras.

"RAID would welcome the supermarket on the Newquay Growth Area and would encourage the Duchy and the planning authorities to finalise their plans as soon as possible," she said.

The Duchy spokeswoman said Nansledan was expected eventually to include 3,750 homes and a similar number of jobs.

Work on the first phase is scheduled to start in the new year. This will include 126 homes, employment space and the first part of the Newquay Strategic Route that will eventually connect Hendra in the south to Rialton Road in the north.

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  • caroclemens  |  November 06 2012, 3:17PM

    The whole Nansledan project is a disaster and Cornwall's decision-makers have failed to evaluate its long-term effects. Instead they've accepted the developers' spin and landed us with a new town complete with its own new services, shops, new population and unaffordable, unneeded houses. So much for giving a boost to Newquay! Now we are going to get a Waitrose. Yippee, she whispered. Above remarks notwithstanding, it does look as though this particular duke has reached the end of his Waitrose shelf-life, whether we are for or against royalty.

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  • diogenes23  |  October 22 2012, 6:57PM

    @ Slimslad Quod scripsi, scripsi.

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  • Slimslad  |  October 22 2012, 6:36PM

    Perhaps not a "Marxist rant". But a "child-like" and naive "rant", for all that.

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  • diogenes23  |  October 22 2012, 4:44PM

    @ Slimslad There's not a 'Marxist' bone in my body. I despise Charles because he is - exactly as I described him - an adulterous parasite. He has never done a day's work in his life. He has servants to put the toothpaste on his brush. He spouts 'green' nonsense but is responsible for concreting over good agricultural land for his own and his friends' private profits, including at least two more supermarkets in Cornwall. Hypocrite. He has been granted immunity from the provisions of the Freedom of Information act because publication of his letters interfering with government would show him up as failing to be properly impartial. Disregard for the British constitution - not good in a constitutional monarchy He has flouted the principles of the Church of England thought his adulterous marriage to an equally adulterous spouse. That's acceptable for a private citizen but inappropriate for the future Supreme Governor of the Church of England. He has also said that he doesn't want the title Defender of the Faith (i.e. the established church) but a multiplicity of 'faiths' including Islam. The last time the United Kingdom had an adulterous weakling who fawned on the sworn enemies of our Nation (Edward VIII) he was removed and replaced by a man who was fit to be King. If 'the Firm' want to preserve the monarchy they will have to find some way of bypassing Charles and installing someone less tarnished by his past.

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  • Slimslad  |  October 22 2012, 3:54PM

    " Charles Windsor"? "Adulterous Parasite of Wales" Sounds like the child-like rants of old Marxists.

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  • D-Head  |  October 22 2012, 1:35PM

    It is quite disgraceful and points made previously appear relevant. With climate change, extreme weather events and a growing world population becoming reality, and with massive crop failures as seen in the USA and Russia this year, any development of a green field site for whatever purpose, is not in the long term interest of the United Kingdom. It may be difficult for the population at large to appreciate the magnitude of the situation, but we could soon end up starving as a result of this relentless destruction of our green field sites.

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  • josdave  |  October 22 2012, 11:47AM

    One thing councils could do as a condition to planning permission and that would be to charge the supermarket annually the estimated amount from car parking charges in the town and then let the town car parks be free. It would help to level out the playing field that at the moment is heavily biased in favour of the supermarkets.

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  • elfa66  |  October 22 2012, 11:40AM

    The general public holds all the power when it comes to supermarkets. If the public are against the development, then organize yourselves and don't buy there. Simple as that. We find our local Spar has some fantastic bargains. Plus British fruit and veg when available. For example English Cox's apples.......far nicer than the French rubbish !. Give your local shops a try, you could be pleasantly surprised. And look at the time and petrol you'll save !.

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  • cweatherhill  |  October 22 2012, 11:01AM

    Proof of the pudding....Penzance town centre is dying. God knows how many shops shut, to be replaced by phone-shops, charity shops and the like. Car park charges are extortionate and the place has several supermarket chains on its outskirts (with another to come on the heliport site). Now drive 7 miles west and look at St Just. Thriving by comparison, and always busy. A variety of good local shops and a small Co-op. Free parking, and a 16-mile round trip to the nearest supermarket. What a St Juster might save in supermarket prices, he'll spend on petrol or bus fares. The comparison, and the reasons, couldn't be clearer, but politicians, national and at Cornwall Council, just can't see it.

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  • cweatherhill  |  October 22 2012, 10:53AM

    So Charles Windsor has now become a supermarket mogul, has he? Conspiring to further jeopardise small local shops. Supermarkets succeed in the planning process because of the loaded way that "works". They are on a winner all the way. If a Council refuses the application, the supermarket can go to Appeal and they will invariably choose the Public Inquiry route. This is the one which involves barristers and the like at enormous expense. It's also the only option where the appellant can claim costs against the Council, jacking up the financial risk to the Council x-fold. If the Inspector rules against the Appellant, they can still challenge that in the High Court which has the power to overturn the Planning Inspector's decision. Another fortune, which Councils can't afford and supermarkets can. Supermarket applications often include promises by the developer to build roads, roundabouts, houses, etc, if approved. At one time, that was called bribery or unlawful inducement. It is tantamount to the brown envelope passed under the Chairman of Planning's desk. You try it, and not get your collar felt in double-quick time. But when supermarkets do it, it's fine.

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