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Concerns over new road connecting St Austell to A30

Concerns over new road connecting St Austell to A30

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 8:01am 14th February 2019. (Updated at 6:08am 15th February 2019)

By Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet has agreed to put the final pieces in place for work to start on a new road linking St Austell with the A30.

But while the major project is set to bring huge benefits to the town and surrounding areas one Truro councillor was concerned that it could hinder towns to the west.

Bert Biscoe said it was important that the council understand what impact the new road could have on other parts of Cornwall.

He said: “I am anxious that in submitting the final business case we have considered the wider economic and social impact of this road.

“In the course of developing this scheme insufficient opportunity has been afforded to the towns to the west of St Austell to consider the impact of this road.”

Cllr Biscoe highlighted that when plans for a major development at Coyte Farm in St Austell were being considered in 2014 a full impact assessment was carried out which showed that there was likely to be an impact on towns to the west.

Coyte Farm had been set for a £110million retail park with a Sainsbury’s supermarket but was refused planning permission. The development site is now earmarked for housing.

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There are concerns over a new road being built - that will connect St Austell to the A30

Cllr Biscoe said the new road from St Austell to the A30 would provide a “very strong economic route to St Austell”.

He added: “I have no problem with that at all and recognise the benefits of the scheme.”

But he said that in the light of Coyte Farm it was important that the council “do look at the economic impact on the western towns of this road”.

The independent councillor added: “I am not trying to knock the road or undermine the road but we do need to understand what the impact could be and if there needs to be some mitigation.”

Today the Cabinet agreed to start work on acquiring the land needed for the road, using compulsory purchase orders if necessary. Councillors also agreed to appoint a contractor to carry out detailed design and construction of the road.

The council has been given £78.461 million from the Department for Transport for the new link road and Cornwall Council itself has also provided £6m of funding.

Work could start on the new road, which will link from Stenalees to the A30 at Victoria, in 2020.

The new road will also make it easier to access other employment sites and improve the “competitiveness” of St Austell to do business and open up new employment opportunities creating around 500 to 600 jobs.

And the council says it will support new housing and better routes for the proposed garden village eco-community at West Carclaze as well as supporting the regeneration of Bugle and Roche by addressing traffic issues.

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