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Retail park loses 'Cornish only' goods rule

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 01, 2012

EXPANSION: Bosses have not ruled out the possibility of a supermarket moving into the Kingsley Village shopping complex.

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Bosses at a Cornish shopping complex have not ruled out the possibility of a major supermarket chain running its planned new food retail space.

The news was revealed at a meeting of Cornwall Council's strategic planning committee, when the expansion of Kingsley Village at Fraddon was approved following a lengthy debate.

The decision has angered St Columb Major Town Council, which argued that any expansion of Kingsley Village would be to the detriment of a planned supermarket in St Columb – which has still not been built nor attracted any buyer.

Kingsley Village's owners were successful in gaining planning permission to re-work the current layout. It means they will be able to:

Form a new foodstore on the western end of the site.

Change the use of the basement from a conference centre to storage.

Change the use of the existing food hall to non-food retail.

Change the use of a separate warehouse to a conference centre.

Change the use of a greenfield site to a car park.

Concerns were raised that under the new permission there was no obligation for Kingsley Village to sell Cornish goods – one of the requirements of gaining European funding to build the complex.

Councillors argued that this could result in a supermarket operating the food store and selling whatever it chose.

When quizzed by committee members, John Marshall, on behalf of Kingsley Village, said that a supermarket operator "may" be interested in the future but that there was no agreement in place yet.

"It may be that we continue to operate the food hall in the same way that we have done for the last six years," he added.

"Or it may be that a supermarket comes in as an operator but there has been nothing agreed or in place yet."

Councillor David Swindells, a former mayor of St Columb Major, spoke out at the meeting, criticising the plans and the lack of communication with his authority over Kingsley's expansion.

He felt that Kingsley Village expansion would set back the St Columb supermarket further.

"A food store is essential for the development of St Columb," he said. "The economic viability of St Columb would be adversely affected if Kingsley Village was allowed to expand."

Kingsley's expansion plans, however, were backed by St Enoder Parish Council.

Councillor Jackie Baker told the committee that the complex was "extremely important" to the local economy, providing dozens of jobs.

Ward Councillor Dick Cole also revealed that Kingsley's owners are in discussions with the owners of four neighbouring properties – Penhale Cottages – to purchase the buildings which would be most adversely impacted by the expansion.

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  • poldice  |  September 03 2012, 1:50PM

    Well the grant funding limitation has expired and they can now do what they like, nice work to get a huge grant then just sit back and wait. Now they want Penhale Cottages gone to give more room to expand then it will be yet more houses to provide a bigger catchement of customers (mugs???)

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  • Boxheater  |  September 03 2012, 12:19PM

    Maybe they could squeeze in a heliport there somewhere............

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  • Phil_lip  |  September 01 2012, 3:06PM

    Yep, i******sley village stop selling Cornish only goods I will not be shopping there in the future, at the moment I shop there once a week for quite a few things.

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  • kingofkernow  |  September 01 2012, 9:55AM

    This place had "Tesco" written all over it from day 1. They struggled to fill it from the start and as soon as Ann's Cottage pulled out it was obvious that it was going to be a supermarket one day.

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