Supermarket wars are hotting up in Truro with the latest £30 million store plans released. There are now four different sites on the outskirts of Truro vying for planning permission for supermarkets – with only two probable winners.
1) The latest developer to throw its hat into the ring is Hendra which has submitted an outline application for a 6,708 sq m superstore with car parking and a petrol station on the other side of the A390 from Threemilestone.
2) Developer LXB wants to build 435 homes and an Asda supermarket at Willow Green just off the A390 and said they had a commitment from the supermarket giant to put a store on the site if the planning application was successful.
3) Helical Bar, the company behind plans to develop Truro City Football Club said it hoped to submit an application for a retail park on the Treyew Road site in the spring. The developers said they would be objecting to the LXB plans.
4) The West Briton also reported last week how Inox, the developer behind plans for 1,500 homes at Langarth, wanted to build a supermarket and petrol station next to the park-and-ride and use the funds from the deal to build a stadium for Cornwall.
Comment Developers regard Cornwall as the place to build houses and supermarkets, might be very good for the developers but:
Bad news for Cornwall:
- This is just development for developments sake, malign rather than benign growth;
- It will add to traffic movements into Truro and from one part of Truro to another;
- It means more green areas disappearing under concrete;
- It’s completely bonkers – housing creates more jobseekers requiring more jobs – more supermarket jobs just keep pace with the additional jobseekers;
- It’s a mad merry go round of more supermarkets dependent on more housing to maintain demand for their goods!
- Any extra road capacity around Truro will quickly be used by the additional cars moving around;
- It is not sustainable;
- It will neither improve the economy or quality of life.