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Out-of-town retail park could "kill" Truro city centre

Out-of-town retail park could "kill" Truro city centre

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:39am 29th January 2020. (Updated at 10:30am 30th January 2020)

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Richard Whitehouse

Campaigners have urged Cornwall Council to refuse planning permission for an out-of-town retail park because it could "kill" Truro city centre.

A planning application is in place for a new retail park on land next to the A390 at Threemilestone which would provide a new stores for Aldi and Next.

The proposals also include units for Go Outdoors, Smyth's Toys, Boots, Shoezone, Wren Kitchens and a KFC restaurant.

However the plans have attracted a majority of negative comments since being submitted, with just one in favour.

One of the major concerns is that a previous "no poaching" condition - preventing retailers from moving from the city centre onto out-of-town parks - has not been included in the new application.

The applicants have stated and included documents detailing that Next would take up one of the main units on the planned park. 

Last week the high street retailer announced it was closing its city centre store.

Last month Truro City Council's planning committee voted unanimously to object to the application and recommend refusal by Cornwall Council on grounds including the “detrimental impact of the retail units on businesses in Truro city centre” and that it contradicts the larger council's climate emergency declaration.

Commenting on the application, Sarah Garcia states: "I strongly object to this development. The council should be helping support Truro city centre not helping kill it – Truro is now a ghost town with small businesses struggling to survive as more big names move to out of town centres".

Linda White, from city centre shop Scentstore, objected on behalf of all the businesses in Cathedral Lane in the city.

She wrote: "We have, to date, thankfully and largely managed to keep the generic high street demise at bay – despite the increase in everything trying to hinder the process (including ridiculous daytime car parking costs, archaic business rates system v. internet tax evading giants, etc). 

"However if the larger anchor stores currently located in Truro are poached to an out-of-town location with free parking – how can we compete and where will people go? Not into the city centre that’s for sure. Our Great Little City will not be Great any longer".

Linda White

Mark Sansom commented: "You will lose more occupied business premises in city centres, kill city centre commerce and cause the loss of far more jobs than those gained".

Leigh Ibbotson, vice chairman of Truro Chamber of Commerce, said the "no poaching" condition should remain in place stating: 

"The Chamber feels this condition should remain to ensure existing city centre retailers do not relocate. 

"There is a misconception that out-of-town centres creates jobs; in fact they displace them, largely from existing businesses. 

"Three of the retailers in the applicant’s covering letter presently trade in the city centre".

Leigh Ibbotson

No date has been set for when the planning application will be decided.

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