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New £100m plan for complex at St Austell's Coyte Farm

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 03, 2012

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New £100 million proposals have been brought to the table to build a housing and shopping complex on the outskirts of a Cornish town amid continuing controversy.

Some residents in St Austell are already up in arms over Mercian Developments Limited's bid to create a 100-acre site at Coyte Farm, around one-and-a-half miles from the town.

Blueprints for the scheme, which will cost about £100 million include a 110,000sq ft food store, 90,000sq ft of non-food retail, a hotel and restaurant.

In a new twist this week Truro-based Westcountry Land have unveiled proposals for their scheme.

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The scheme at Higher Trewhiddle Farm around a quarter-of-a-mile away from the town centre would see around 400 houses built with of which 120 would be affordable for local families.

A major supermarket, small hotel and a petrol station would create more than 500 jobs.

The company said in excess of £750,000 would be contributed to the town's education and healthcare facilities.

John Schuttkacker, director at the firm said he believed the proposals were the "best alternative" for St Austell.

He said: "Westcountry Land's holistic masterplanning delivers truly sustainable development.

"People can live, learn, work and shop all in one place.

"We are committed to this development as it is the most viable and immediately deliverable solution for St Austell.

"We have already secured the funding to move this forward and anticipate submitting planning application by June 2013.

"Before we do that, we are keen to engage with adjacent landowners, stakeholders and residents in order that we evolve the scheme that best suits their needs."

Mr Schuttkacker said the houses would be designed by a local architect and would be built using a traditional palette of local materials such as natural stone and natural slate. He said: "From a landscaping perspective, the site nestles within the natural bowl of St Austell.

"This results in the development being contained within the existing townscape and thereby not sprawling into open countryside nor being visible in the wider landscape.

"The views on approach from Truro to St Austell would not change."

According to the proposals the scheme would also include a southern link road connecting Truro Road to Pentewan Road, thereby relieving pressure and congestion from the existing road system, particularly the double mini-roundabout.

Mr Schuttkacker added: "This major strategic road would be delivered at no cost to the taxpayer."

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  • manicstreet  |  April 10 2013, 11:38PM

    We don't want this.

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  • CoyteFarm  |  December 18 2012, 11:37AM

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  • hspmarriarty  |  December 14 2012, 12:53PM

    Why is it every time someone wants to build something new or generally improve parts of the county there is ALWAYS narrow minded idiots who oppose every idea and suggestion. Yes i agree it will kill the town centre completely but come on is it not dead already???? As for the traders in the town even if you get this thrown out the appeal is never going to be there to make it a busy thriving traditional town centre ever again, accept this and move on! If i went out and asked people on the street the majority i would say are not and will not be interested in shopping in town THERE IS NOTHING THERE. Diversify guys come up with new business ideas that wont clash with super markets... the skate board shack for example! Stop holding cornwall back from moving on people!!!! the longer we stay in the dark ages the WORSE it will get

  • josdave  |  December 03 2012, 8:20PM

    Just what we need another supermarket. Isn't five enough? They do untold damage to the local traders as it is without another one. Don't the planners(if you can call them that) want St Austell town centre to survive as it seems they are doing all they can to kill it off. This together with the talked about supermarket in Penwinnick Road will be the final nail in the coffin. Add to that the extra congestion which is bad enough now at times. Planners?

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  • hot_plopper  |  December 03 2012, 7:11PM

    Hmmm - wouldn't want to be living in Pentewen or anywhere along the river catchment as this development is a major flooding risk - If you fill a river valley which is prone to flooding with more and more houses then funnily enough you're storing big flooding problems for the future. Developers ought to know more about roads as well - "major stragic roads" are things like the A30 or M1 and most certainly not a road connecting London Appretice to St Mewan School. As for "hollistic masterplanning" - that's verbal diarrhea - where are the jobs this scheme creates - non-food retail and yet another supermarket - aka - a load of lowpaid **** jobs and centralising. "Masterplanning" creates long term, well paid, skilled jobs which can then empower and enrich the local community. This kind of **** planning will only serve to make a few individuals very rich, (give a few councillors problems with how to dispose of brown envelopes) and create yet more greebos roaming the streets of St Austell after dark. People of SNOZZLE rise up and Schuttkacker this silly idea back into touch until the slippery tongued Schuttkacker comes up with a plan to make some REAL LONGTERM skilled jobs.

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  • toffer99  |  December 03 2012, 6:41PM

    Not much of a deal for the town, is it?. They get less than 1% of what the scheme will cost. Is that the best you could get out of the developers, Council? Next time, it might be a good idea to hire someone with some negotiating skills. You could have got at least 3% on a massive development like this.

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