An alternative to a controversial £110 million retail development in Cornwall is to be put forward by a new organisation of business leaders.
The multi-million-pound proposal on brownfield land close to St Austell town centre – which it is claimed will see the arrival of big-name retailers, jobs, affordable homes and improved transport links – is expected to be submitted to Cornwall Council planners later this week.
Together St Austell, which is spearheading the alternative scheme, said that, unlike the Coyte Farm development, the scale of their plans will not “suck the life out of existing businesses” in the town centre and farther afield, and will put local services in the “heart” of the community. The proposals for the 65-acre Coyte Farm development, submitted by Mercian Developments Ltd and Metric Properties, has received fierce opposition from some quarters. However, some have welcomed the plans, which incorporate a Marks and Spencer, Next, River Island and Sainsbury’s, as well as a Care home and hotel and restaurant.
The plans will be unveiled to St Austell Town Council on Monday, ahead of Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee determining the Coyte Farm bid in January.
Posted on: December 13, 2013