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'It wasn't just my decision to reject Coyte Farm'

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 22, 2014

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THE chairman of Cornwall Council's strategic planning committee has defended his decision vote against the Coyte Farm proposals, which ultimately saw the rejection of the scheme.

Rob Nolan said he cast his vote based on the evidence he had heard and refuted any suggestion he had blocked the Coyte Farm scheme because of its impact on Truro.

He said: "We had six hours of debate and I had already decided the GVA Grimley report was best.

"It was clear Coyte Farm was going to take 30 per cent of trade out of St Austell town centre and compete directly with the town centre.

"I would not want that on the edge of Truro and I don't think it was right for St Austell.

"There is no doubt St Austell could do with bigger stores but this was the wrong application for me.

"St Austell Town Council was against it, the Business Improvement District was against it and the chamber of commerce was against it."

He said it was not his decision alone to reject it.

"It was not decided by me – it was decided by 20 members of the committee. I don't see it as a Truro person making the decision," he said.

Mr Nolan said he had previously voted against the Truro Eastern District Centre on the outskirts of the city, which will include a Waitrose.

The former mayor of Truro said he had not responded to abuse aimed at him on social media following the meeting.

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  • JeremyBadger  |  January 22 2014, 8:38PM

    White man speaks with forked tongue, as Tonto used to say!

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  • break  |  January 22 2014, 4:00PM

    If this was accepted,then we'd have plenty of more developments like this around Cornwall to look foward to in the future wouldn't we? Its not just St.Austell this affects,its saying to developers "yes,we'd simply love you to build on our green fields".

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  • MarjProops  |  January 22 2014, 2:51PM

    I have as much confidence in Rob Nolan as I do in GVA. I'm afraid any company that takes a commission to provide and impact assessment but never actually follows up with an audit of its analysis is in my view just guessing. The two impact assessments carried out were polls apart the professional in the room (the planning officer) took the opposite view to the chairman. One is a trained professional the other a layman only there on the whim of the electorate. Who would you believe?.

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  • TWINSCREW  |  January 22 2014, 1:59PM

    "St Austell Town Council was against it, the Business Improvement District was against it and the chamber of commerce was against it." Well of course they were against it, all these organisations probably contain people with vested interests for the status quo. by his actions this man has denied hundreds of jobs, and a much needed boost to the Cornish economy. Let's hope Hayle has better luck with their proposed development.

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  • Truro_England  |  January 22 2014, 9:06AM

    "I would not want that on the edge of Truro" Well that is going to happen ( which I'm totally in favour of) much need jobs and boost to economy. We need to create job whether they are minimum pay or not, jobs are jobs. And for all the nimbies who live in the past against this type of development, you cant tell me they don't shop in national supermarkets or would stop a family member working for one. Its about freedom of choice and the competition of business, If I prefer to shop in a national chain and not a local shop thats my choice.

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