St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double hails “momentous” Trewhiddle Farm planning decision

St Austell and Newquay MP, Steve Double, has hailed what he described as a “momentous decision” by Cornwall Council planning chiefs to grant permission for a new mixed-use development in St Austell.

Mr Double was speaking after the council’s strategic planning committee approved Kingsley Developments & Westcountry Land & Homes’ joint application to build a retail park, 460 homes, and a hotel on land at Higher Trewhiddle Farm, just off the A390.

He said: “The Higher Trewhiddle scheme is one that I have backed from the start and I have worked closely with the applicants, Cornwall Council and relevant agencies throughout to ensure the people of St Austell and the surrounding area got the very best possible deal here.

“I was struck by the overwhelming level of public support demonstrated to me for this scheme, both from the thousands of people I met in the run-up to the election but also from the vast numbers of supportive letters and emails I have had regarding this in recent weeks”.

He added: “The result of Thursday’s meeting, which I followed closely, shows what can be achieved when we all work together for a common purpose.”

Kingsley’s application enjoyed the support of the local parish council, St Austell town council, and St Austell Bay Chamber of Commerce.

Mr Double said the vast majority of residents were behind the plans. “This is a momentous decision, and one that we, the people of St Austell, deserve,” he added. “For too long we have felt overlooked by Cornwall Council’s planners in favour of other retail destinations and I am delighted that soon we will have a greater retail choice and to be able to live and wholly shop in our town. “I will now continue to work closely with the developers and Cornwall Council to ensure that the promises made here are fulfilled and we are able to move on to a brighter, better future for our town.”