A SECOND town centre could be created on the eastern side of St Austell, the Cornish Guardian can reveal.
Walker Developments wants to turn a five-acre brownfield site close to Tesco in Holmbush into a shopping area with national retailers as well as providing a health centre, dentist, community hall and play school.
However, this scheme and four others on the table in St Austell – for other supermarkets and retail developments – could all be affected by news that a flagship eco-town development for 5,000 homes across the Clay Country has been put on hold.
On Tuesday night Eco-Bos, the company spearheading the eco-town proposals, admitted it was putting the scheme on hold.
It said it was scaling back the plans and four of the six staff working at the firm's St Austell office were to be made redundant.
The company blamed adverse economic conditions and, in part, a planning framework it said was "still in a state of evolution".
Cornwall Council said it was concerned at the news and would be meeting the company soon.
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