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Support for Morrison's from chamber

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: September 07, 2012

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THE chamber of commerce has announced its support for a Morrison's supermarket in St Austell.

There are currently at least three supermarket developments proposed in and around St Austell.

One of these is out-of-town retail development Coyte Farm, in St Mewan, by Mercian Developments Ltd, which would include a Sainsbury's, retail centre, care home and housing.

A planning application is due to be submitted by October.

Another is a proposed food store at Penwinnick Road by developer Terrace Hill – including a slightly smaller food store than the town's current Asda store – and a four-storey one stop shop office to replace the current building, both with parking.

However, Broadley Park Properties Ltd, which owns a number of town-centre stores, is the only developer which has submitted a planning application – for a Morrison's supermarket at Pentewan Road's current retail park.

St Austell Bay Chamber of Commerce has announced it is supporting the Pentewan Road development.

"We have said we can't look at a development and make public comments on it unless it's in the public domain and there's a planning application," said chamber chairman Tom French.

"The chamber's first priority is to sustain the business sector in the town centre," he added.

"With this application, we feel Morrison's is a relatively low threat to the town centre as it is only 30,000sq ft, focusing primarily on food and beverage and is more likely to take trade from the other supermarkets, some of which, we are told, are in any case overtrading."

"Mike Coles, who owns Broadley Park, has purchased a number of retail properties in the town centre and is committed to helping sustain the town centre, helping many smaller traders by offering short competitively priced leases.

"On balance therefore the chamber supports this application."

On Cornwall Council's online planning register there are mixed comments of support and objection in relation to the application.

Many support it as it is making use of an existing brownfield site which brings jobs to the town.

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  • HannahJones  |  September 08 2012, 7:26PM

    Am I actually seeing things or did I just read that St Austell Chamber of Commerce i.e. and organisation which is supposed to support and help develop business in St Austell is supporting yet another supermarket in St Austell? A town whose centre is in dire need to people to shop in it and support it. A town which already has several supermarkets. St Austell needs all the charm it can get. A Morrison's is not going to bring any. Just what is going on?

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  • eu_blues  |  September 08 2012, 12:44AM

    The chamber's first priority is to sustain the business sector in the town centre," he added. Just stopped laughing. Wow. There won't be much business sector in the town centre to sustain after opening up another supermarket to help destroy St. Austell.

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  • josdave  |  September 07 2012, 4:09PM

    Wait till the supermarket and houses are built on the eastern side of Truro then you'll see what gridlock is like. It seems supermarkets are taking over and nobody has any say in the matter. What a bleak outlook for the future if all we have in the way of shops is Tesco et al.

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  • homerjay  |  September 07 2012, 9:12AM

    OMG! I remember St Austell when it had a bypass. The Southern distributor which would have made these projects feasible were binned in favour of the little used Northern distributor. Now, what was our bypass will now become an extension of Tesco/Asda/Morrisons/Sainsburys car parks. Isn't there anyone who can foresee that all the proposed development is going to bring St Austell to a gridlocked nightmare?

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  • josdave  |  September 07 2012, 8:46AM

    Just what we don't need another supermarket there are enough already in St Austell. The Chamber of Commerce clearly does not care about the local traders at all and should rewrite their remit.

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