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Holmbush could be new centre for St Austell

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: December 07, 2012

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A NEW town centre could be created on the eastern side of St Austell's, it has been proposed.

Walker Developments, a company who have spearheaded new supermarket schemes in St Columb Major and Camelford – will put their vision for a new town centre to St Austell Town Council on Monday.

Richard Walker, from the company, said it wanted to redevelop five acres of brownfield land that adjoins Tesco, in Holmbush.

The proposals depend on the Tesco's planned extension going ahead.

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Tesco proposed more than doubling the size of its store – from 27,000 to 63,000sq ft, including a mezzanine floor – increasing its parking spaces from 325 to 480 and creating 180 jobs.

It also outlined plans to create a second entrance, ease congestion, and make the store more environmentally sustainable.

Mr Walker said if this scheme goes ahead, the company has a contractual agreement to develop the five-acre adjoining site where Teddington Group, which manufactures electrical devices, currently stands.

He said Teddington, which employs about 90 people, is looking to relocate to more modern premises.

Walker Developments said their scheme would include national retailers, health centres, dentists, community halls and play schools.

"It would be a district centre to provide a focal point for the eastern side of St Austell. There are an awful lot of people who live there who would be able to walk to it," he said.

"It would provide what the Coyte Farm development would provide but on a brownfield site in an existing urban area, rather than departure into the countryside."

The proposed retail development would be five acres, compared to Coyte Farm, which would be almost 100 acres.

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  • Willywonka11  |  December 10 2012, 3:25PM

    @ twain1 "St Austell is in danger of becoming a characterless sprawling mess" When did you right this? 10, 20, 30 years ago? For "danger of becoming" just read "is".

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  • josdave  |  December 10 2012, 10:49AM

    It's good that a brown field site is being nused at last. For too long the council have rubber stamped developments that have detracted form the environment. Just look at the proposed sites at Coyte Farm, green belt between St Austell and St Blazey and Penwinnick Road. The planners simply cannot see, or chhose not to, that the bypass will become permanent gridlock thanks to their stupidity.

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  • OscarDelta  |  December 09 2012, 7:41PM

    St Austell lost all chance of being anything when the Council turned down M&S in 2001, who simply went to Truro and made that great instead. The hideous failure that is the latest "regeneration" project has just made the place look desperate, but if the councillors can't open their eyes to see beyond the next steak-dinner-and-anonymous-fat-brown-envelope meeting from some tinpot flash in the pan developer, then there is little hope for a future. There have been many opportunities to turn St Austell into something great, but unfortunately the greed of a few has scuppered great plans over and over again to do anything worthwhile.

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  • shagrats  |  December 09 2012, 11:16AM

    What is it at the moment with St Austell ?, 4 major developments being planned. St Austell is a failed town, empty shops, charity shops that pay no buisness rates (so they may as well be empty), A bankrupt new development town centre. It is a shadow of the town it used to be. And yet its the new frontier for developers. Is it the fact that its on its knees that is the prize. I presume that you can get grant money and just come up with any old design when you develop a failed town like St Awfull.

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  • twain1  |  December 08 2012, 10:03AM

    St Austell is in danger of becoming a characterless sprawling mess. There has never been a coherent plan. Holmbush remains a bottleneck due to the Southern distributor being dropped in favour of the Northern distributor. The ''bypass'' is no longer, now a 30 limit plagued by the ridiculous access to Asda. Wain homes et al are building on green fields which is short-sighted and stupid. They now want to built thousands of houses expanding Northwards, and yet the waiting list for rentable/affordable homes gets longer.

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  • dma5545  |  December 07 2012, 6:03PM

    Finally a bit of sense! This would use land already built on and improve the area in general. I for one would rather see this than Green Fields being built on.

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