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.