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Traders fear damage from retail park

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: November 27, 2013

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TRADERS in Liskeard say a planned £110 million retail park in St Austell threatens to damage their businesses.

The Coyte Farm development to the west of St Austell at St Mewan would create a retail area larger than St Austell town centre if plans are approved next year.

The development threatens businesses across Cornwall and could see trade dropping by 7.2 per cent in Liskeard alone, according to a report by campaigners.

The Liskeard Town Team met last Monday to discuss the implications of the proposed development on the town.

Sally Hawken, Cornwall councillor for east Liskeard, said: "It has a potential impact on Liskeard and we will not be supportive of it.

"It's a big development that will pull in trade from other areas as well as Liskeard – we aren't happy with it."

A campaign has been launched against the proposed development called Stop Coyte Farm, which has attracted 4,430 signatures.

According to opponents the proposed development will take 12.5 per cent of Bodmin's trade and 13.5 per cent of Newquay's.

The plans include a 100,000sq ft Sainsbury's superstore and an additional 160,000sq ft of non-food retail units.

Liskeard Chamber of Commerce said there are fears that the development could lead to £1m being lost from the town's economy.

Jane Pascoe, Liskeard Chamber of Commerce secretary, said: "The new development will not create many extra jobs – this is an empty promise.

"There will be displacement of employment from the centre and also from Truro to this massive out-of-town Coyte development.

"If the development is allowed, there will be uncertainty about the future of all the Cornish towns.

"Liskeard Chamber of Commerce urges councillors on the planning committee, in the strongest of terms, to carefully consider the full implications of this application or Cornwall will only have ghost towns and not friendly town centres to attract visitors."

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  • pilgrimboz  |  December 15 2013, 10:09AM

    What's the betting that out of those opposed(well those who actually live in st austell) how many will mysteriously forget their wild objections once this gets built and be more than happy to make use of the best shops in a twenty mile radius? Would that make them hypocrites ?

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  • pilgrimboz  |  December 15 2013, 9:55AM

    Can someone please tell me when any development in Truro had an impact study on how it would effect business st austell? My guess is never but for some reason truro is regarded as some sort of untouchable holy cow with a Devine right to siphon off millions of pounds from its bigger neighbour. As a st austell resident I can't pretend I care less about what impact coyte farm might have on Truro traders,this is st austell money truro gets a far bigger slice of the pie than its due already. Welcome to the free market economy, end the greedy cartel and let st austell help drag itself out the mire it's been forced into by decades of selfish actions of those outside the town who care not one jot for it.

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  • classic_odeon  |  November 29 2013, 6:18PM

    If this wasn't so sad it would be laughable. How a town, some 20 miles distant, thinks it can determine or dictate the fortunes of another is beyond me. Liskeard is a ghost town, and I very much doubt that St. Austell is about to pass up any opportunities that may present itself, in the vain hope of supporting it

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  • classic_odeon  |  November 29 2013, 6:09PM

    If this wasn't so tragic it would be funny. How a town, some 20 miles distant, thinks it can determine the fortunes or opportunities that arise for another is beyond me. Liskeard is a ghost town now, and I very much doubt that St.Austell is about pass up any opportunities that may arise, in the vain hope of supporting it

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  • classic_odeon  |  November 29 2013, 6:05PM

    If this wasn't so tragic it would be funny. How a town, some 20 miles distant, thinks it can determine the fortunes or opportunities that arise for another is beyond me. Liskeard is a ghost town now, and I very much doubt that St.Austell is about pass up any opportunities that may arise, in the vain hope of supporting it

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  • JeremyBadger  |  November 28 2013, 2:38PM

    At least at Coyte Farm they won't need a shopkeeper blowing a whistle at a Traffic Warden as all the parking will be FREE so this will encourage shoppers in cars................Cornwall Council please note!

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  • AveSticks  |  November 27 2013, 5:58PM

    The predictions of how much trade Coyte Farm will take away from Cornish towns are from the independent report commissioned by Cornwall Council. GVA, the company who created this report, are experts in this type of study so their predictions should be taken seriously. But anyone with a bit of sense can see that locals and tourists only have a certain amount of money to spend on shopping in Cornwall. Coyte Farm will simply take money away from other Cornish towns. And any new jobs created at Coyte Farm will be offset by the jobs lost in retail businesses across Cornwall. We should be supporting Cornish towns and local businesses instead of letting big retailers build over our green land and take the profits out of Cornwall.

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  • MarjProops  |  November 27 2013, 9:17AM

    This is another laughable prediction by opponents of the development who basically seem scarred of a little competition. In my view the best thing they can do is up their game and provide consumers with what they want. In that way they won't loose any custom. Personally the nearest I get to Liskeard for shopping is when I drive past on my way to Plymouth.

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