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Rival group to register objection

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 08, 2014

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A GROUP spearheading a rival scheme to Coyte Farm have said they are "surprised" that Cornwall Council officers have recommended the controversial development for approval.

John Kneller, chairman of Together St Austell, which formed last month, said the group is shocked at the officers' conclusion as the vast majority of experts, organisations and the public oppose the scheme.

"However, we simply ask that the members of the strategic planning committee determine the application in accordance with current planning policy and recognise that the town centre is the heart of our community and its viability and vitality should be supported," he said.

"Our Together St Austell vision clearly identifies areas in the town that can be used to provide additional retail development without destroying what we already have."

Together St Austell was formed by the chamber of commerce and St Austell Business Improvement District. Their rival bid to Coyte Farm involves developing land at Higher Trewhiddle Farm, Sedgemoor and Pentewan Road.

Together St Austell received a further boost this week when M&M Asset Management supported their vision.

Backed by Apollo Global Management, M&M Assest Management has bought Old Vicarage Place as part of a bigger portfolio deal and will be looking to develop the site to provide St Austell with large retail units suitable for national chains.

However, Matt Kelly, investment director at the company, said: "Our ability to invest will be seriously curtailed if Coyte Farm goes ahead, and we will be registering our objection in advance of the planning committee meeting on January 16.

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  • SnozzellBoy  |  January 18 2014, 1:30PM

    Real facts (ignoring petitions as peope will sign anything!)- 414/1269=33% against. 855/1269=67% in favour!! You could add 5000 in favour on Facebook but that would be using a similar spin on the figures!!

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  • AveSticks  |  January 08 2014, 2:49PM

    Ms Proops twisting the truth again. As the Cornish Guardian have reported - the real facts are: "Mr Mason's report states Cornwall Council received 414 letters and emails objecting to the plans, including two petitions with a combined total of more than 3,000 signatures, compared to 855 letters and emails in support of the application" So actually over 80% of the public comments (by letter, email & petition) on the planning register are AGAINST Coyte Farm. Let's hope that the Strategic Planning Committee listen to the true public opinion in Cornwall and reject this monstrosity!

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  • MarjProops  |  January 08 2014, 11:41AM

    Over 67% of email and letters from the public to Cornwall Council about the proposed Coyte Farm development were in support of it being approved according to the planning officers report. How can John Kneller claim the public are against it?.

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