PLANS to build four kiosks for 'starter businesses' and regenerate the town centre have been supported by town councillors.
On Tuesday night, Mike Coles from Broadley Park Properties Ltd, gave a presentation to St Austell Town Council on two applications.
These included recladding buildings in Trinity Street, Fore Street and the former Woolworths' building, and constructing four "incubator-style" units facing White River Place.
Both applications relate to the next stage of the company's work in the town centre as part of an overall investment, following the repaving of Fore Street.
"We propose to upgrade these very prominent but tired-looking, buildings to reflect a more modern and pleasing appearance," said Mr Coles. "We also hope the well-cared for approach here will encourage other investors to carry out upgrading work too."
Alongside the improvements, Broadley Park is proposing to transform the old card shop in Aylmer Square into four smaller modern units of about 250sq ft, targeted at newcomers to retailing who "add value and interest".
He added at the meeting that there are currently retailers interested in the units, including a fruit and veg seller who wants to be inside for the winter.
Mr Coles said he would hope to start the works in spring and be finished by this time next year.
Funding would come from a supermarket development proposed by Broadley Park on Pentewan Road. That would depend on whether it is granted planning by Cornwall Council with other supermarket applications also vying for approval.