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VIDEO:New Retail Park For St Austell

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1:32pm 27th August 2015
(Updated 1:32pm 27th August 2015)

Will St Austell get some of the biggest names in fashion?

Planners have given an out of town shopping centre at Higher Trewhiddle the go ahead.

Developers say it will create 400 jobs, provide housing and improve traffic. Anhotel and restaurant are also planne.

But some high street traders are worried.

Trader Ali Watkins told Pirate FM you can not stop change - but they need support: "With any major out of town store there is always an impact on profit. Even if they say it only takes 3 to 5% of the town's spend, that is likely to send 30 to 40% of independent businesses out of work.

"Because of the decline in footfall in St Austell over the last few years I've had to move off into wholesale and online and use those as buffers to support me to have a place on the high street.

"But not all the other little businesses are going to be able to manage that."

Among the proposals for Higher Trewhiddle are a hotel, restaurant and petrol station - as well 480 new homes, an extension to a local primary school and £1m to education in the town.

The people behind Kingsley Village at Fraddon have put in the plans. MD Abe Simpson said they are just providing what locals want: "Towns grow. Development is something we know that has to happen and it's inevitable. We just have to do it in a socially responsible manner and an appropriate way. I do believe that Higher Trewhiddle Farm is doing just that.

"Shopping habits and formats are changing. Retailers prefer out of town locations - they're easier to access etc. The online is growing massively and the advance of out of town retail parks is non-stop - that's what people are favouring over town centre retail."

See Ali Watkins explain her concerns here...

1:32pm 27th August 2015

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